Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hickenlooper throws down the lawsuit gauntlet

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Gov. John Hickenlooper
  • Gov. John Hickenlooper

Gov. John Hickenlooper is going to sue any municipality that bans fracking. That's what the governor told CBS4 in Denver.

CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd sat down with the governor, who was blunt. He told Boyd the state will sue any local government that bans hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the drilling technique that uses high-pressure water and chemicals to extract natural gas.

As the report notes, the state first sued Longmont after it passed a fracking ban. Longmont-based activist Sam Schabacker told us that the citizens of Longmont sought the ban to prevent wells from being placed "next to homes, a middle school and a reservoir."

Fort Collins is mulling over a ban of its own, with a vote slated for March 5. According to this Coloradoan article, the mayor of Fort Collins, Karen Weitkunat, is reportedly feeling the pressure following Hickenlooper's statement:

“I personally don’t like the idea of getting sued,” she said. “My responsibility as a public official is to protect the city as well. ... I have back-and-forth feelings on that, but I don’t want to have the wrath of the governor by any means.”

Meanwhile, back in the Springs, our City Council seems poised to allow for drilling, by scheduling the second reading of the oil and gas ordinance on March 12.

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