In the suit the trade group filed in Weld County District Court, COGA said the city’s ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, denies owners of mineral rights under the city, valued at $500 million, access to their property.The Colorado Oil & Gas Association on Monday sued the city of Longmont, asking a judge to overturn its voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing.
A lawsuit over the city’s ban on fracking was anticipated. Gov. John Hickenloopersaid Dec. 6 that, while the state wouldn’t pursue a lawsuit against the ban on fracking, it would support any oil and gas company that did sue.
Hickenlooper spokesman Eric Brown said Monday that the state hadn’t seen the lawsuit, but also hadn’t changed its position of support for such a suit.
Rigo Leal, a spokesman for Longmont, also said the city hadn’t seen the suit Monday, but “there’s no surprise” that one was filed.
COGA filed the suit because it sees Longmont’s ban on fracking as “precedent setting,” spokesman Doug Flanders said.