Almonte al Dia: Colorado Supreme Court strikes down local fracking bans

Staff Almonte Al Dia May 2, 2016 Vast supplies of clean, affordable natural gas unleashed by hydraulic fracturing have allowed natural gas to produce much more of American’s electricity. The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that locals bans and moratoriums on fracking in Longmont and Fort Collins are “invalid and unenforceable”. The Court’s opinion on the Longmont ban, written by Justice Richard Gabriel, cited a lower District Court ruling that the Oil and Gas Conservation Act, a state statute, holds sway over Longmont’s fracking ban. The oil and gas industry in...

ABC7 News: Colorado Supreme Court: State law pre-empts local fracking bans in Longmont, Fort Collins

Russell Haythorn ABC-7 News May 2, 2016 DENVER – The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that locals bans and moratoriums on fracking in Longmont and Fort Collins are “invalid and unenforceable.” At issue was whether home-rule cities should be allowed to ban hydraulic fracking in oil and gas operations, and the storage of such waste products. Longmont created new regulations for fracking and voters added a ban on fracking to the City Charter in 2012. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association sued over both issues. The regulations issue was dismissed as part of a compromise brokered...

The Washington Times: Colorado Supreme Court strikes down local fracking bans

Valerie Richardson The Washington Times  May 2, 2016 DENVER — The Colorado Supreme Court dealt a devastating setback Monday to the state’s environmental movement by throwing out local bans on hydraulic fracturing. The court ruled that the outright ban approved in Longmont and five-year moratorium passed in Fort Collins conflict with state law authorizing and regulating hydraulic fracturing, an extraction process used by the oil and gas industry. Dan Haley, president and CEO of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association, which challenged the bans in court, called the decision “not...

The Daily Caller: Colorado Supreme Court Strikes Down Local Fracking Bans

Andrew Follett The Daily Caller May 2, 2016 The Colorado Supreme Court determined Monday that only the state has the legal authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, striking down a pair of city level bans on the process. The case decided that the Colorado cities of Longmont and Fort Collins cannot ban fracking as the ban is “preempted by state law and therefore, is invalid and unenforceable.” Both cities had claimed that Colorado law doesn’t explicitly permit fracking, so a ban or moratorium should be legal. The oil and gas industry defeated the cities in lower courts by...

Fort Collins Coloradoan: High court strikes down Fort Collins’ halt to fracking

Jacy Marmaduke Fort Collins Coloradoan May 2, 2016   The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday struck down Fort Collins’ five-year fracking moratorium, a long-awaited decision that could have statewide implications for the controversial oil and gas recovery method.   The court also ruled against Longmont’s voter-supported ban on hydraulic fracturing, the widespread practice of injecting a high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals underground to break open formations and recover oil and gas. In its first judgment on local fracking bans and moratoriums, the court called both...

Sen. Michael Bennet doesn’t support Colorado values

Lockwood: Sen. Michael Bennet doesn’t support Colorado values Lockwood: Sen. Michael Bennet doesn’t support Colorado values By Jonathan Lockwood Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., said he hates giving speeches on the Senate Floor much less to his constituents in Colorado. His statement angered Coloradans — rightfully — but who can blame him when his voting record stands in contrast with the will of his constituents. Bennet’s record indicates that he cares more about refugees, Gitmo detainees and the Ayatollah of Iran than he does about global security, veterans’ health care and our...

Democratic Gov. blocks Obama, opposes transfer of Gitmo detainees to Colorado

Democratic Gov. blocks Obama, opposes transfer of Gitmo detainees to Colorado http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/mar/30/john-hickenlooper-deals-blow-obama-opposing-transf/?page=all By Valerie Richardson DENVER — Colorado may have been President Obama’s best bet as a destination for detainees from Guantanamo Bay given the lack of opposition from the Democratic governor, but no longer. Gov. John Hickenlooper now says that he will support the wishes of Fremont County residents living near the two prisons under consideration by the Defense Department if Mr. Obama follows through with his...

Colorado Independent: Uncertainty plagues Senate bill to halt Clean Power Plan progress

By Kelsey Ray Colorado Independent, March 18, 2016 Adversaries of the Clean Power Plan gained a small victory Thursday when a bill that would halt Colorado’s environmental progress passed committee. The Clean Power Plan seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions nationwide, primarily by targeting coal-burning power plants.  Read more here: Colorado Independent: Uncertainty plagues Senate bill to halt Clean Power Plan...

Colorado Single-Payer Health Care Amendment Goes to Ballot

Colorado Single-Payer Health Care Amendment Goes to Ballot In November, Colorado voters will decide by ballot initiative whether to amend the state’s constitution to mandate the creation of a universal, statewide, single-payer health care system. Initiative 20, also known as Amendment 69 and ColoradoCare, would take advantage of a waiver provision in the Affordable Care Act for states that increase health care access to citizens without adding to the federal deficit. The plan resembles a single-payer health care system proposition that fell short in Vermont in 2014. State officials would...

Colorado Supreme Court Considers Legality of Fracking Bans

http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2016/02/18/colorado-supreme-court-considers-legality-fracking-bans By Kenneth Artz Colorado is on the front lines of a battle between states and local communities who want to ban or impose moratoria on fracking, overriding state control of the oil and gas industry. On December 9, the Colorado Supreme Court heard challenges brought by the cities of Longmont and Fort Collins. The cities claim they should have the power to ban fracking, regardless of decisions made by state agencies. In 2012, voters in Longmont approved an amendment to its city...