“We think they’re trying to overturn democracy,” Gary Wockner, director of Colorado Clean Water Action, said of BBE. “The will of the voters is clear. They do not want to be fracked.”

“This industry spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to buy the election, and they were not successful. Now they’re trying a last ditch effort,” Wockner told Al Jazeera.

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COGA poured over $600,000 into the campaigns fighting against the moratoriums—32 times what anti-fracking activists spent—a rare case in which big money did not sway the election.

At the time of reporting, no legal action has been taken against Boulder, the fourth city to ban fracking in Colorado.


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