Nov 13, 2012 8:45 AM by Eugene Daniels
DENVER (AP) - Several Colorado communities are rallying against a measure approved by Longmont voters banning oil and gas drilling in their city.
Officials in Aurora, Commerce City, Denver, Fort Collins, Lafayette and Louisville are fighting similar bans. They plan to hold a rally Tuesday at the state Capitol.
Colorado Oil and Gas Association officials said Monday that Longmont's ban ignores community needs for oil and gas products, including electricity, commerce and transportation.
The state is currently fighting Longmont's drilling rules; at issue is whether the state alone has the power to regulate oil and gas drilling.
Environmentalists say there is no safe way to drill without risking contaminating water supplies.