The county says its fight against the oil and gas industry is not over just because its moratorium is coming to an end.
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The county had imposed a drilling moratorium while it updated the rules. That prompted Attorney General Cynthia Coffman to file suit.
Thursday's Court of Appeals ruling in Xiuhtezcatl Martinez v. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation could have major implications.
“It can be a little bit of a scary time for an operator,” says Phillip Dunning, an analyst with Littleton-based Drillinginfo.
Extraction Oil & Gas will now re-submit drilling plans for a meeting with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, July 24 and 25.
Tribes have a long history of fighting for sovereignty and control of their resources. The new documentary, "Beyond Standing Rock," looks at those struggles, including the experience of Colorado’s Southern Utes.
The governor also says more local law enforcement of immigration could jeopardize trust with communities they police.
“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.
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.