Colorado prepares to sue Longmont over its ban on fracking

Colorado Oil and Gas Commission

Colorado Oil and Gas Commission

The Longmont Times-Call 07/25/2012

LONGMONT — As many expected it would, the state of Colorado has notified the city of Longmont it intends to sue over the city’s new oil and gas regulations.

Assistant attorney general Jake Matter sent an email to Longmont city attorney Eugene Mei on Tuesday notifying him that the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has “instructed me to prepare and file a complaint against the city.” Mei said it was his understanding the suit will be formally filed early next week, to coincide with the day the new regulations are to take effect.

Matter was writing to request a certified copy of the ordinance that will be filed as part of the state’s lawsuit.

Mei said he had notified city manager Harold Dominguez and Longmont city council members Tuesday that a lawsuit was imminent.

“I wasn’t surprised,” Dominguez said Tuesday night, after an unusually short city council meeting. “I think it was really, ‘OK, where do we go from here?’

“We really have to see what they file before we can assess anything.”

Dominguez pointed to letters that both Matter and Mike King, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, parent organization of the COGCC, had previously sent the city. Both letters implied litigation if Longmont went forward with its new regulations.

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