Colorado High Court Rules Local Fracking Bans Are Preempted By State Law
(May 2, 2016, 4:12 PM EDT) -- DENVER — A unanimous Colorado Supreme Court today ruled that local bans on hydraulic fracturing, as well as ordinances against the storage of fracking waste within city limits, are subject to preemption by state law; therefore, the moratoria instituted by two cities are “invalid and unenforceable” (City of Longmont, Colorado v. Colorado Oil and Gas Association, No. 15SC667; City of Fort Collins, Colorado v. Colorado Oil and Gas Association, No. 15SC668, Colo. Sup.).
(City of Longmont opinion available. Document #94-160510-013Z.)