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Court of Appeals Denies Fort Collins’ Request to Stay Decision

December 14, 2014

Court Also Denies Anti-Fracking Group’s Motion to Intervene in Fort Collins’ Appeal

Denver, CO – December 12, 2014 – Colorado’s courts continue to rule against interests seeking to either ban or illegally impede hydraulic fracturing in the state.  The latest ruling today by the Colorado Court of Appeals denied a request by the City of Fort Collins asking for a stay of a district court’s ruling invalidating the five-year moratorium on hydraulic fracking passed by voters in 2013.

“Once again, Colorado courts have ruled against legal maneuvers seeking to stop the highly regulated process of hydraulic fracturing,” said Colorado Oil & Gas President Tisha Schuller.  “After four consecutive rulings dismissing bans and moratoria imposed on fracking it is clear that attempting to ban or improperly impede fracking violates Colorado state law.”

The Colorado Court of Appeals also denied a request by third parties seeking to intervene in the appeals process, again continuing similar rulings by district courts that also denied requests by anti-fracking activist groups to intervene in legal action related to the bans.

“COGA has helped bring about agreements for oil and gas development in over 30 municipalities across the state under Colorado’s rigorous and adaptable oil and gas regulations,” Schuller said.  “This is the right way to go about meeting local communities’ needs and addressing their concerns.  Taking action that clearly stands outside the law – such as bans – undermines these efforts.  It is my sincere hope that we can get these lawsuits resolved so we can focus on the important and successful work of engaging with our communities.”

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Doug Flanders

Dominic Delpapa

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