OMAHA (DTN) -- Northern Colorado communities already face the challenge of meeting urban and rural water needs, even when rain falls in abundance.
As drought intensifies in 2012, cities including Boulder have already banned water sales for hydraulic fracturing, the practice that involves cracking of underground geological formations with water pressure and chemicals to tap natural gas and oil.
City governments are concerned more chemical contamination will show up in the groundwater.
Farmers fear the future.
Officials in Loveland recently decided their city will continue water sales to companies that provide the resource to oil and gas companies for hydraulic ...