Colorado attorney general sues county on drilling moratorium

February 15, 2017

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman asked a state court Tuesday to overturn Boulder County's moratorium on oil and gas drilling, accusing the county of openly defying state law and the state Supreme Court.

Boulder County officials refused to back down, saying they will fight the lawsuit and claiming that Coffman is suing residents on behalf of the energy industry.

The suit was filed in Boulder County District Court four days after the Feb. 10 deadline Coffman set for the county commissioners to lift the moratorium or face legal action.

County officials argue the moratorium is legal because its purpose is to give them time to update land use regulations for oil and gas drilling...

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