Next front in fracking war: Colorado Springs

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That's where critics of the drilling practice plan a midday 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, but drilling is increasingly popping up in local zoning debates amid national questions about the impacts of fracking.

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