- Associated Press - Monday, May 8, 2017

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the state attorney general over Boulder County’s moratorium on new oil and gas wells in unincorporated parts of the county.

The Longmont Times-Call reported Monday (https://bit.ly/2pskAut ) the judge dismissed the lawsuit at the county’s request because the moratorium expired May 1, making the case moot.

The county had a series of moratoriums in place since 2012, most recently to allow officials to develop new land-use regulations.

That prompted Attorney General Cynthia Coffman to sue on Feb. 14, saying state law and a state Supreme Court ruling made the ban illegal.

The county adopted the new land-use regulations in March. Days later, Crestone Peak Resources applied to drill up to 216 wells in the county, the first such application in five years.

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Information from: Daily Times-Call, https://timescall.com/


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