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Colorado Rising Files Declaratory Action in Longmont Fracking Ban Lawsuit
Declaratory action asks Colorado courts to hold that Longmont’s fracking ban is no longer out of compliance with state law with the passage of SB 19-181
LONGMONT, CO – Yesterday, January 14, 2020, Colorado Rising, the citizen group behind Proposition 112, submitted a declaratory judgment action to the Boulder County District Court asking the Court to find that Longmont’s fracking ban (Article XVI) now complies with state law. Environmental legislation known as SB 19-181 went into effect in April 2019 and gives local governments the power to regulate the oil and gas industry in a manner that is more strict and more protective than state law.
Attorney Joe Salazar, Executive Director of Colorado Rising, stated, “SB 19-181 in no way stops local governments from enacting a ban on fracking. Considering the climate crisis and Longmont’s already failing air quality largely due to oil and gas extraction in Weld County, Longmont voters have found that a ban is reasonable and necessary to protect the health and safety of Longmont residents. The residents of Longmont have the right to exercise their self-governance through enforcement of their charter amendment. This declaratory judgment action is precisely intended to enforce the will of the voters.”
Colorado Rising is powering the grassroots movement to protect public health & safety from dangerous oil & gas operations.
To learn more, please go to www.corising.org