Hickenlooper: No special session on fracking
Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper won't call a special legislative session seeking to grant communities more control over Colorado's booming oil and gas industry.
The announcement Wednesday comes after months of negotiations between the Hickenlooper administration, the energy industry, and environmentalists.
Hickenlooper says his office was unable to get the support necessary to pass legislation during a special session. The goal was to try to stave off ballot measures that would restrict fracking.
Hickenlooper and energy companies warn the measures could have devastating impacts on the state's economy. One proposed ballot measure would increase rig setbacks from homes from 500 feet to 2,000 feet.
Signatures to put the initiatives on the November ballot are due Aug. 4. Backers argue local governments deserve more say over how and when drilling happens.
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