Ft. Collins, Colorado.
Residents vote to ban fracking.
Lawsuits are filed by the Colorado Oil and Gas association and others.
Tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees later…..fast forward to
A district judge in….of all places….Boulder….says the 5-year ban, voted on by the people, is illegal.
The basis of the judge’s ruling is that, while the City has the full right of self-government on local and municipal matters, the fracking ban crossed the line of State’s Oil and Gas Conservation Act because it prohibits the development of – quote – equitable oil and gas production.
This is where most of these local fracking ban votes will end up, including Denton,Texas. On a judge’s bench where they will likely be overturned in favor of State Law.