A Boulder, Colorado District Court Judge ruled recently that the City of Longmont, which voted to ban fracking in 2012, can’t.
Reason: Only the State can.
She’s basing her decision on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Act, which pre-empts the city from imposing the ban of extracting mineral rights.
The City of Longmont has already spent over $60,000 dollars in legal fees since the ban was voted in. Perhaps the City should have vetted this through the legal system BEFORE putting it to a needless vote of the people.
And I’d encourage the same for the folks in Denton, Texas. Banning Fracking in Texas is surely going to end up in long, unnecessary court battles where nobody wins except lawyers.
Let’s all sit down at the table and figure out how to make this work.