By Charlie Brennan, Camera Staff Writer – July 26, 2013
A scheduled court hearing in the dispute over drilling for natural gas on a property across the street from U.S. Rep. Jared Polis’s weekend getaway in unincorporated Weld County was scuttled Friday when the congressman withdrew his complaint — while retaining the right to refile it.
Before the day was over, both sides fired verbal volleys in a controversy that saw the Boulder congressman representing Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District center stage in the latest local drama around hydraulic fracturing — fracking, to its detractors.
Lawyers for the company doing the drilling, Sundance Energy Inc., of Denver, had filed their own motion in Denver District Court the previous day to dismiss Polis’s complaint. The company argued that since the energy extraction was permitted earlier this year as required by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, any dispute must first be taken up by the commission, prior to any involvement by the courts.