The Fort Collins City Council voted 6-1 to appeal the ruling by a district judge overturning the five year fracking moratorium in the City. Following Longmont’s lead, the resolution passed by the Council directs staff to request a stay on the court’s decision pending the outcome of the appeal, which would delay the judge’s ruling from going into effect until the appeal is heard.
The City has been designing studies to address the possible health impacts on fracking as was included in the ballot question passed by voters last year. Air quality sampling is underway with water sampling planned for later this year. Staff says the City has also hired two different firms, completed a preliminary analysis relating to fracking and property values and is in the draft stage of an analysis on possible health impacts. Note: The property values research will be of particular interest to REALTORS and its methodology and conclusions should be reviewed carefully.