Colo. High Court Rejects Climate-Based Drilling Restriction

Law360, Denver (January 14, 2019, 2:53 PM EST) -- In a high-profile ruling Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court said the state agency that issues oil and gas permits could not enact a rule that would have barred permits for projects that would contribute to climate change or negatively impact public health.

The court overturned a state appellate court’s ruling siding with youth activists who sought to have the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission implement the rule, saying the laws governing the commission would not have allowed it to set such a requirement for new permits.

Under the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Act, the commission is tasked with promoting...

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