Monday, December 14, 2015

Update on Legal Challenge to Local Hydraulic Fracturing Bans in Colorado

On December 9, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court heard oral arguments concerning local bans on hydraulic fracturing in the cases of City of Longmont v. Colorado Oil and Gas Association and City of Fort Collins v. Colorado Oil and Gas Association.

In September 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court accepted the appeals from the cities of Longmont and Fort Collins opposing two district court decisions which overruled their bans against hydraulic fracturing. The two district courts concluded that the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Act preempted the two local ordinances prohibiting the use of hydraulic fracturing within the cities’ limits.  

Written by Chloe Marie - Research Fellow

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