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With Fort Collins fracking moratorium poised to pass, opponents 'effectively conceding'

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Members of the Fort Collins Alliance for Reliable Energy, who oppose a ballot issue calling for a Fort Collins fracking moratorium, watch as early results are posted Tuesday night on the Larimer County website. The group watched at Mulligan's Pub in Fort Collins as results showed Initiative 2A poised for passage. V. Richard Haro/The Coloradoan

FORT COLLINS - Opponents of a Fort Collins fracking moratorium are accepting defeat after early results show voters approving the five-year hiatus.

The moratorium is poised to pass, with 56 percent of voters approving it and 44 percent opposing it.

"I don't think that anyone thought that's this could happen to us," said Ray Martinez with the Fort Collins Alliance for Renewable Energy, which opposed the moratorium. He said barring dramatic changes in the results, the group was "effectively conceding."

The Colorado Oil & Gas Association and Memorial Production Partners, which operates the Fort Collins field, did not offer comment after initial results.

Elsewhere in Colorado
Here's how other proposals to limit fracking along the Front Range fared on Tuesday:

• Boulder moratorium: 77 percent for the measure, 23 percent against the measure

• Broomfield moratorium: 49.97 percent Yes/For, 50.03 percent No/Against

• Lafayette ban: 57.81 percent Yes, 42.19 percent No

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