Colorado Supreme Court Overturns Local Laws against Fracking

The Colorado Supreme Court announced its ruling on Friday, April 29 against local communities that sought to severely restrict oil and gas development and fracking. The court said that the state’s right to regulate industry “trumps local measures, which the court deemed invalid and unenforceable.” The ruling overturns a five year moratorium on fracking by Fort Collins and also rejected Longmont’s 2012 ban on fracking. Tracee Bentley, Colorado Petroleum Council director, said “The oil and gas industry is thrilled. Colorado justices really understand this issue.” The ruling was based on Colorado’s law that gives “state authorities an overriding interest in orderly production of oil and gas.”