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Activists Drop Colorado Fracking Curbs in Energy Deal

Colorado energy drilling backers and opponents, agreeing to avoid an election showdown over an industry worth $30 billion a year to the state, dropped rival measures to restrict fracking and punish towns that curb it.

Activists dropped proposals limiting fracking by requiring that it take place 2,000 feet from any occupied building as pro-energy state lawmakers ended a separate bid to deny tax revenue to cities that impose moratoriums or bans. Yesterday’s deal came after Governor John Hickenlooper negotiated a compromise creating a task force to study the industry’s impact on communities.