On Monday, November 24, the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) filed a lawsuit in the Broomfield District Court for declaratory judgment to invalidate that city’s temporary ban on hydraulic fracturing. The ban, known as Question 300, passed in November 2013 by 20 votes, places a five-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and prohibits storage in open pits and disposal of waste from hydraulic fracturing in Broomfield. Question 300 was put on the ballot by a grassroots group called Our Broomfield, which acted in response to oil and gas company Sovereign’s plans to begin hydraulic fracturing in the North Park area near Prospect Ridge Academy.
Similar drilling bans in Fort Collins, Lafayette and Longmont have already been struck down this year because they violated state law. “Colorado has among the most stringent and well-constructed oil and gas regulations in the nation, and we have a court system that respects the rule of law and rights granted through contractual agreements,” stated COGA President Tisha Schuller in a news release Monday. “For the last three years, COGA has worked diligently to create operating agreements with local jurisdictions that respect the law and meet the needs of local communities. It is my sincere hope that we can get the lawsuits resolved so we can focus on the important and successful work of engaging with our communities.” Continue Reading