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History of Hydraulic Fracturing Lawsuits

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Citizen’s Initiative to Ban Fracking in Longmont

In November 2012, Longmont residents passed a citizen initiative known as Amendment 300 or Article XVI of the Longmont Charter to prohibit hydraulic fracturing (fracking) as well as storage and disposal of fracking waste in Longmont. Shortly thereafter, the State of Colorado and the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission (COGCC) sued Longmont to overturn the amendment.

On July 24, 2014, Boulder District Court Judge Dolores Mallard ruled the ban invalid, saying that the city of Longmont "does not have the authority to prohibit what the state authorizes and permits." Mallard cited Voss v. Lundvall, a 1992 court ruling that gave states, rather than cities, control over oil and gas extraction regulations and bans.

On May 2, 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court upheld the district court’s decision, ending the case.

State Activities Related to Oil and Gas Drilling

See the COGCC webpage, which includes updates regarding state activities related to oil and gas.

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