In this March 25, 2014 photo, a worker oils a pump during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. The National Petroleum Council estimates that up to 80 percent of natural oil wells drilled in the next decade will require hydraulic fracturing. 

Judge strikes down Longmont's fracking ban

District Court Judge D.D. Mallard stayed her order, pending an appeal.

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(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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