Colorado fracking bans land at the state Supreme Court

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - The bitter battle over whether local governments in Colorado — specifically Fort Collins and Longmont — should be able to ban oil and gas drilling rigs, and fracking, from their borders will go before the state's highest court on Wednesday.

In two hours of oral arguments at the Colorado Supreme Court, attorneys representing the state, energy companies, environmental groups and the governments of Fort Collins and Longmont will argue an issue that exploded in 2012 and 2013, as voters and officials grappled with drilling rigs setting up new operations in what once were farm fields, but over the years have become home to towns, schools and strip malls.

Officials for Fort Collins declined to comment ahead of the hearings.

Longmont Mayor Dennis Coombs said via email that he's "been pleased with our vigorous defense of Longmont's charter. Our community voted to add this to the charter, and it is our sworn oath to defend it."

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