By Laura Barron-Lopez - 07/15/14 11:25 AM EDT
Those organizing a ballot measure that would block fracking in Colorado had to call it quits after failing to gather enough signatures.
Proponents of the measure said an analysis revealed they would not have the necessary signatures to get on the November ballot, The Colorado Observer reports.
Late last month, New York ruled to allow towns and cities to ban the extraction method.
While the natural gas boom has been touted by the Obama administration as a transition to cleaner energy, residents surrounding drilling sites aren't as eager to see operations grow.
Opponents of fracking say it contributes greatly to water pollution and climate change, but the industry argues it is safe and will help the U.S. become more energy secure.