DENVER (Legal Newsline) — Colorado Attorney General Cynthia
Coffman has commented on a recent state Supreme Court decision to invalidate two
voter-approved hydraulic fracturing bans enacted by Longmont and Fort Collins.
Coffman’s office represented the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation
Commission in the Longmont case, which involved a permanent pan on hydraulic
“As the Supreme Court recognized today, Colorado has ‘a
strong interest in the uniform regulation’ of oil and gas operations, and local
attempts to ban hydraulic fracturing undermine the interests of the state as a
whole,” Coffman said. "The state has always
balanced the need to protect our environment with the desire to encourage
robust economic development.
"Sadly, I fear today’s ruling will not end this
divisive debate and instead some activists will continue to push anti-development
initiatives undermining the state’s record of local cooperation on these policy
The Colorado Supreme Court decided local prohibitions go against
comprehensive state regulations.