Fracking case will go Colorado Supreme Court

Karen Antonacci- Times Call

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday announced that it will hear Longmont's fracking ban case.

The ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was added to the city charter by voters in 2012 but overturned by a district court judge last year when challenged by industry group Colorado Oil and Gas Association.

The City Council chose unanimously to appeal the decision, but in August, the Colorado Court of Appeals asked the state's supreme court to weigh in on Longmont's case and Fort Collins' five-year fracking moratorium. The Court of Appeals said the two cases had such broad potential implications for the state that it was more appropriate for the state's highest court.

On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court also announced it would hear Fort Collins' case.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, injects a high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals underground to break open formations and make it easier to recover oil and gas. It's a widespread practice that led to an energy boom.

Opponents worry about health and environmental effects. The industry says it's safe.

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