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Colorado oil and gas overhaul tips power toward local government. How that power is used will vary widely.

Before the city of Thornton adopted a new oil and gas ordinance, it got a letter from the state warning that it was overstepping its bounds. After the ordinance passed, the city was sued by the oil and gas industry. When Longmont adopted an ordinance that blocked oil and gas development in residential areas, it […]

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Colorado regulators OK forced pooling for controversial Broomfield drill site that prompted lawsuit

By Dan Elliott, The Associated Press A fiercely contested oil and gas project in a residential neighborhood outside Denver cleared a major hurdle Tuesday when state regulators approved a request by an energy company to drill for reserves that belong to dozens of people, including some who don’t want to participate. The Colorado Oil and […]

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Broomfield neighborhood sues to stop Colorado law that allows oil and gas under its homes to be drilled without consent

A group of Broomfield homeowners fighting oil and gas drilling in their neighborhood have filed a lawsuit in Denver federal district court arguing that the state’s “forced pooling” law violates the U.S. Constitution in at least four different ways. The lawsuit by residents of the Wildgrass subdivision is backed by Colorado Rising, the activist group […]

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Superior weighs drilling moratorium, open space purchase to stop U.K. company’s Rocky Flats plan

Superior’s board of trustees, searching for a way to block a proposed plan to drill 31 wells in the community, edged toward a six-month drilling moratorium and purchasing the drill site for public open space at a meeting Monday night. “We are unified in our opposition to this,” Mayor Clint Folsom said at the work […]