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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Friday that he believes voters should have a say in whether local governments ban hydraulic fracturing.

Trump told Colorado’s 9NEWS that while he’s in favor of fracking he believes “voters should have a big say” in whether local bans are imposed.

“Some areas maybe they don’t want to have fracking. And I think if the voters are voting for it, that’s up to them,” Trump said.

When asked if voters should be able to ban hydraulic fracturing Trump told 9NEWS that, while he would need more details, “it could very well be” that voters should be allowed to impose fracking bans.

“Fracking is something that’s here whether we like it or not, but if a municipality or a state wants to ban fracking, I can understand that,” Trump said.

Earlier this year, Colorado’s Supreme Court struck down two local government bans on hydraulic fracturing.

The court ruled that an attempt to impose a local fracking moratorium in Fort Collins and a ban in Longmout were invalid because they were pre-empted by state law.

That decision came just about a year after Texas governor Greg Abbott signed a bill into law prohibiting local governments from banning hydraulic fracturing.

Ohio’s Supreme Court ruled in Feburary of last year that local fracking bans can not be used to block drilling activity that is permitted by the state.

During an event in North Dakota earlier this year, Trump said that he would make “American energy dominance…a strategic economic and foreign policy goal of the United States.”

Trump also said during that event that he would lift moratoriums on energy production in federal areas.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has said that, while she supports hydraulic fracturing, she wants tighter water safety regulations and more disclosures about chemicals used during drilling.

Clinton has also said she would honor state and local bans on fracking.

“So by the time we get through all of my conditions, I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place,” Clinton said during a debate in Flint, Michigan earlier this year.


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