- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

DENVER (AP) - A coalition including conservationists and neighborhood activists is asking Denver’s mayor and City Council to block fracking in the city and the river valleys that supply its drinking water.

The “Don’t Frack Denver” campaign was announced Tuesday.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, pumps high-pressure water, sand and chemicals into underground formations to release oil and gas. Opponents say it threatens public health and the environment. The industry says it’s safe.

Whether local governments can regulate fracking is the subject of debate. A task force appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper is considering how much control local governments should have.

Hickenlooper has argued the state should regulate drilling.

Backers of the new campaign include nature photographer John Fielder, local affiliates of Food & Water Watch and the Sierra Club, three microbreweries and others.

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