Law360, New York (May 2, 2016, 5:23 PM EDT) -- Two Colorado cities had their hydraulic fracturing restrictions overturned on Monday, when the state Supreme Court found that the local laws were preempted by state law because they conflict with the application of the state’s Oil and Gas Conservation Act.
Even though Fort Collins’ five-year moratorium and Longmont’s total ban on fracking and the storage of fracking waste weren’t expressly forbidden under the OGCA, the local regulations go against the law’s intent, which is to allow each reservoir of oil and gas in Colorado to produce at its maximum efficient rate while preventing waste and following safety, environmental and other health...
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