COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The next front in the Colorado battle over oil and gas fracking is Colorado Springs. That's where critics of the drilling practice plan a protest Tuesday in search of more curbs on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
The Colorado Springs rally comes in advance of a city council meeting where officials are scheduled to talk about oil and gas drilling regulations. Critics say the proposed regulations need more environmental safeguards.
The Colorado Springs rally comes three weeks after citizens in Longmont overwhelmingly voted to ban hydraulic fracturing over similar concerns. State officials and the oil and gas industry say local governments can't set their own drilling rules.
The process involves blasting water, sand and chemicals underground to free oil and natural gas.