Longmont claims victory in end of oil and gas suit

LONGMONT - With the end of the state's lawsuit against Longmont's 2012 oil and gas regulations, the city's rules "will remain in place and enforceable for the foreseeable future," the city said late Tuesday.

The regulations, which were approved by the city council in July 2012, include a ban on drilling in residential areas, both existing and planned. That was a key issue for theColorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which sued the city in 2012arguing that Longmont had overstepped the state's authority.

The regulations also require energy companies to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing to the city's emergency responders, comply with the city's groundwater monitoring rules, and mitigate visual impact.

The state agreed to drop the lawsuit against Longmont as part of a deal announced Aug. 4 by Gov. John Hickenlooper that avoided a multimillion-dollar election campaign over dueling ballot initiatives aimed at the state's oil and gas industry.

The city said it filed an agreement dropping the case, signed by all the parties, on Tuesday with the Boulder court handling the case. The agreement calls for all sides to drop the case and never refile the claims in the case.

"This is a great victory for the Longmont community," said Dennis Coombs, Longmont's mayor.

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