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LOVELAND, Colo. — Loveland voters rejected a proposed two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, Tuesday, according to unofficial election results.

In a news release, the city of Loveland said the measure to impose a two-year stay against the controversial process of forcing water, sand and chemicals deep into the earth to extract oil and gas was struck down by nearly a 1,000-vote margin — 10,844 votes were cast in opposition of the ban and 9,942 voted in favor.

Loveland is the sixth city to vote on fracking restrictions, according to the Coloradoan. However, it is the first city to reject this type of legislation.

“I am delighted the people of Loveland have rejected the fear and misinformation sown throughout this campaign and have instead said yes to responsible energy development in their community,” said Tisha Conoly Schuller, president and CEO of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association. “This is a good example of what happens when voters have access to the facts about hydraulic fracturing and energy development. This ballot measure was about banning energy development, and the people of Loveland embraced cooperation by rejecting this ban.”

Boulder, Fort Collins, Lafayette and Broomfield have voted in favor of restricting fracking.

The election results could prompt Gov. John Hickenlooper to call a special session.

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