The Home Front: A Colorado town council just approved an ‘odor’ ordinance aimed at fracking

“Erie trustees Tuesday night approved an ordinance amending the town’s ‘public health and safety’ code to consider complaints against fracking-related odors, a measure that marks the region’s first step toward local regulation over the industry,” reports The Boulder Daily Camera. “Trustees voted 5-2 to pass the ordinance officially on first reading without bringing the motion back next month for a second approval; the board’s only two “no” votes came from Trustees Dan Woog and Scott Charles. Ordinances typically take effect 30 days after approval, according to town code. The lasting impacts of the ordinance may not be known immediately, though precedent for expanded local control sought along the Front Range could be realized under the measure’s reshaping how violations are levied against companies.”

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