Colorado fracking ban scorecard: 3 ruled illegal, 2 remain

Hydraulic Fracturing Illustration - Idealized

Hydraulic Fracturing Illustration – Idealized

 – Reporter-Denver Business Journal –August 29, 2014

Three out of five Front Range cities’ bans on hydraulic fracturing in the last few years have been struck down by district court judges in recent weeks, and two others still stand.

Both Boulder and Broomfield still have fracking bans in place.

The city of Lafayette’s ban, which was approved by voters in November 2013, was struck down Thursday by Boulder District Court Judge D.D. Mallard.

She’s the same judge that in late July who ruled the city of Longmont’s ban on fracking, approved by voters in 2012, also violated state law.

Mallard stayed her Longmont ruling to allow city officials time to file an appeal. The Longmont City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to appeal the ruling.

Another judge, Larimer County District Judge Gregory Lammonsstruck down Fort Collins’ voter-approved ban on fracking in early August.

Both judges ruled that, in essence, local governments couldn’t ban fracking because it’s a critical technology used by the energy industry to produce oil and natural gas, and it’s the state that oversees oil and gas operations.

Continue reading rest of the story at The Denver Business Journal

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