Group drafting ballot measure to limit fracking

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GREELEY, Colo. (AP) A community activist says an organization is drafting a ballot measure to allow local governments in Colorado to ban or restrict oil and gas drilling in their areas.

Cliff Willmeng says the Colorado Community Rights Network plans to submit the proposed amendment to the state constitution in the next week or so.

Willmeng says the measure would allow communities to limit hydraulic fracturing, along with other projects from the planting of genetically modified crops to cyanide use in gold mining and the construction of dams.

The measure, once submitted, would qualify for the November ballot if it receives 86,105 valid signatures.

Doug Flanders of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association says such a measure would have negative impacts beyond oil and gas development.

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