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“By choosing these seven cities — almost all of them college towns or suburbs of college towns — the activists have shown just how desperate they are for a victory,” Simon Lomax, an analyst at the pro-industry publication Energy in Depth, said in a Nov. 5 article, “Anti-Energy Activists Go Local Because They Are Losing Everywhere Else.”

“With the possible exception of Youngstown and Broomfield, the activists have picked the friendliest pools of voters they can find, to break their losing streak and generate some positive press for their failing national campaign to ban hydraulic fracturing,” said Mr. Lomax. “This is a sign of a movement that’s shrinking, not growing.”

Larimer County Assessor Steve Miller told the Coloradoan that the passage of Question 2A in Fort Collins would have no impact on the tax base.

“From a taxable basis, the moratorium has no effect,” Mr. Miller said. “Everybody got to express their opinions on fracking but, in my opinion, it wasn’t an important issue.”