Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is being joined by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) in a lawsuit that hopes to put an end to the moratorium on oil and gas development in Boulder County, Colorado.
John Flynn from the Times-Call reported that Boulder District Judge Norma Sierra granted the two industry trade organizations’ joint motion on Feb. 23 to intervene in the lawsuit, which challenges the legality of the moratorium. The lawsuit asks that the moratorium no longer be enforced.
Coffman filed the lawsuit Feb. 14., calling the series of moratoriums and extensions that have been in place since 2012 illegal. The Denver Post said Boulder County officials called the lawsuit “a waste of time and taxpayer money” since the anticipate regulations will be in place by the end of March.
Boulder County commissioners released a statement on that stated:
It is not surprising that the oil and gas industry has involved itself with this lawsuit. It is further evidence that the state is pursuing the interests of the oil and gas industry over the interests of Colorado citizens who will be adversely affected by the mega-drilling facilities that are being proposed throughout the state.
Both COGA and API have said they have members who own mineral interests in Boulder County and “seek to be engaged in the exploration, production, and development of oil and natural gas in Boulder County,” according to the Times-Call. A February 14, 2017 statemetn from COGA said:
It’s not about drilling, or fracking, or pipelines, it’s about the law. And the law is clear: Long-term moratoriums — and this one is over five years now — are illegal. Boulder County shouldn’t be surprised that the Attorney General cares about the rule of law in Colorado.