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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Activists want fracking ban reinstated in Longmont

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2019 at 12:20 AM

click to enlarge It's still unclear how the passage of Senate Bill 181 will affect the oil and gas industry. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper
  • It's still unclear how the passage of Senate Bill 181 will affect the oil and gas industry.

An attorney for Colorado Rising, the group behind Proposition 112 (an unsuccessful 2018 ballot initiative to increase setbacks for oil and gas drilling), filed a motion in Boulder District Court with activist group Our Longmont in hopes of reinstating Longmont’s ban on fracking.

The ban was approved by voters in 2012, but overturned in 2014 and 2016 court decisions. The activists hope that with the passage of Senate Bill 181 — which allows more local control over oil and gas drilling — the fracking ban will now pass legal muster, the Denver Channel reports.

However, it’s still unclear how much the new law will allow jurisdictions to regulate the oil and gas industry. Weld County commissioners, for example, are fighting the opposite battle.

They recently created an internal county oil and gas department to process their own permits. The Colorado Oil and Gas Commission, which Senate Bill 181 restructured to give less power to industry, pushed back with a warning that all permits must be approved by the state.

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