Our Children's Trust, which supported the young plaintiffs in the case, said it was disappointed that the Supreme Court would not reconsider nor explain why.
Colorado Supreme Court
Environmentalists and oil companies have been on edge since the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the fall.
The author of TABOR, Colorado Springs resident and anti-tax crusader Douglas Bruce, said he wrote his amendment specifically to have this effect.
The new owner of the ranch, the son of a Texas oil billionaire, had sought to restrict who could use the land. But the appeals court ruled against him.
The combined effects of both state amendments have reduced funding for some agencies, including rural libraries and fire departments.
The state Supreme Court sent the case of Drake and Mandy Rooks back to a lower court to decide the fate of the couple's remaining six embryos.
Justices heard oral arguments in the high-stakes case but did not say when they would rule.
The ranch's new owner says too many people have access. Local residents vow to fight the case as long as they can.
The San Luis Valley is writing another chapter in what’s been called the longest-running civil legal dispute in the state, dating to a lawsuit filed in 1981.
The judge presided over several high-profile cases, including the Aurora theater shooting trial.