By Scott Rochat – Longmont Times-Call
LONGMONT — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission sued the city of Longmont on Monday, saying the city’s new oil and gas rules trespassed into areas meant to be governed by the state.
The lawsuit was filed Monday afternoon in Boulder County District Court. In it, assistant attorney general Jake Matter asked the court to kill several of the new regulations, including a restriction against drilling in residential areas.
“No possible construction of the disputed provisions of the ordinance can be harmonized with the state regulatory regime,” Matter wrote in the lawsuit.
The Longmont City Council passed the rules on July 17 by a 5-2 vote, its first update of the city’s drilling rules since 2000. The regulations became effective Monday.