The five-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing within Fort Collins city limits was passed by voters back in November; but yesterday, a judge said otherwise.

Ultimately, the court declared that the five-year halt to new development violated the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Act, initially passed in 1951, which declares that oil and gas activity in Colorado is above all a state priority.

[via The Coloradoan.]

Fracking has been the subject of much debate in recent months; with some saying it's the most efficient way to harvest natural gas, and others worrying it harms the environment and poses health risks.  Check out the video above for more on exactly what fracking is and how it's done.

How do you feel about hydraulic fracturing in Fort Collins?  Did the judge make the right call?  Let us know in the comments.