Denver Business Journal by Cathy Proctor, Reporter – Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Wednesday he hopes to avoid a long court battle with Longmont over the city’s oil and gas regulations, which include a ban on hydraulic fracturing in residential areas.
“They want a blanket ‘no fracking’ [rule],” Hickenlooper said. “That doesn’t make sense. We’ve tested 6,000 water wells (in the state), 650 oil wells, and we can’t find frack fluid in the water.
It’s the first time the state has sued a local government over regulation of the industry, a move Hickenlooper said he didn’t want to do and kept him awake at night