Boulder congressman seeks restraining order against energy firm
By Charlie Brennan Camera Staff Writer – July 25, 2013
For U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, the battle over fracking just turned personal.
Polis, a Boulder Democrat who represents Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, was shocked to see a fracking operation start up last week on land just across the street from a rural getaway he owns in Weld County near Berthoud.
Through the holding company that has title to the congressman’s 50-acre property, Polis this week filed a complaint in Denver District Court seeking a temporary restraining order. His goal is to shut the drilling down.
“I’m going public and talking about it because it’s happening to a lot of other people in Colorado,” Polis told the Daily Camera. “This can happen to anybody. It can happen to you. It can happen to your neighbor. It can happen to your congressman.
“The laws in Colorado are outrageously out of touch in terms of protecting property.”
The complaint filed Monday in Denver District Court by Mountain Property Improvement LLC names Denver-based Sundance Energy Inc. and Polis’s neighboring property owner as defendants.