Climate Central

Regulating hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is often the domain of individual states, but on election day on Nov. 5, voters in cities in Colorado and Ohio will determine whether cities in their states should be able to regulate oil and gas development themselves.

Efforts to ban or restrict fracking by referendum may be an emerging trend across the country as domestic shale oil and natural gas development booms in the U.S., raising concerns about its impacts on climate, public health and groundwater quality. 

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