State joins trade group in Longmont fracking suit

LONGMONT — A judge in Boulder County is allowing state regulators to join a lawsuit the Colorado Oil and Gas Association has filed challenging Longmont’s ban on hydraulic fracturing.

The decision lets the trade association add the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission as another plaintiff, reports say.

Longmont voters passed the ban on hydraulic fracturing last November. Fracking involves blasting underground rock formations with water, sand and chemicals so oil and natural gas can escape.

Industry officials are challenging the ban because they want to be able to extract oil and gas through hydraulic fracturing, which they have done for years. Meanwhile the commission says it has regulatory authority over technical aspects of drilling.

The commission also is suing Longmont over drilling regulations passed by City Council.


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