“Regrettably, Boulder County’s open defiance of State law has made legal action the final recourse available to the State,” the office of the Attorney General said in a statement.
Oil and Gas
In 2012, 7.65 percent of proposed facilities had eight or more wells. In 2016, the share jumped to 43 percent.
The state health department will use comprehensive air quality data collected by Colorado State University.
The council voted 5-4 to push the vote on Broomfield's proposed moratorium and resume the meeting on Feb. 28.
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday that it will review the lesser prairie chicken in response to a petition.Read more
A Greeley neighborhood group says Colorado's oil and gas regulators didn't follow their own rules to accommodate the community's concerns.
The county's commissioners say that adding large industry, such as oil and gas, would put a strain on natural resources.
State regulators deny accusations that the fines are part of an effort to put small drillers out of business.
The USGS said the Mancos Shale formation holds about 66.3 trillion cubic feet of gas, up from 1.6 trillion estimated in 2003.