You are here: Home Politics Colorado Oil and Gas Industry Sues Town That Bans Fracking Within City Limits Colorado Oil and Gas Industry Sues Town That Bans Fracking Within City Limits When the town of Longmont, Colorado banned hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the storage of fracking waste within their city limits, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, an industry group, filed suit. by Heather Carr December 20, 2012, 2:00 am 2 Comments When the town of Longmont, Colorado banned hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the storage of fracking waste within their city limits, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, an industry group, filed suit. On November 6, Longmont residents approved Article 16 in the city charter, which bans both fracking and the storage of fracking waste within the city limits. At first, Colorado governor John Hickenlooper told state attorneys to sue Longmont. On December 6, he changed his mind and said the state would provide industry groups with friend-of-the-court briefs and other forms of support, but would not sue the city. Longmont is already being sued by the state of Colorado over regulations passed in July. The regulations include restrictions on surface drilling in residential zones. Colorado is arguing that this usurps the state’s power and a district court judge in Boulder County has let the case move forward. The state of Colorado has rules requiring that wells must be at least 150 feet from a property line in a rural area and 350 feet from a high density building. However, there is a loophole that says that any previously drilled location can be reused without complying with the setback rules. This has resulted in a number of active wells located very close to people’s homes in the middle of residential neighborhoods. A number of studies have been conducted on the effects of fracking on the environment and the chemicals used in the process. People are right not to want it in their neighborhoods. Longmont is not the only town in Colorado trying to establish a reasonable distance between the drilling and their homes and schools. It’s the first to pass a law about it and it looks like this case will set a precedent. Natural gas well photo via Shutterstock See more Previous article Come Hang with sustainablog to Discuss Avoiding Crappy Last-Minute Gifts Next article Big Food, Big Marketing and Big Children 2 Pings & Trackbacks Pingback:Fracking for Geothermal Energy Pingback:Fracking for Geothermal Energy • Insteading Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.