Fort Collins, CO., Considers Filing Appeal to Uphold Fracking Moratorium

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Fort Collins, CO., Considers Filing Appeal to Uphold Fracking MoratoriumA month after Larimer County judge declared Fort Collins City Council’s five-year ban on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, invalid, the council is debating whether to file an appeal against the ruling.

The council was scheduled to vote on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, on a resolution directing the city attorney to appeal against the decision, which reversed the ordinance that was approved by voters in November 2013, reports the Coloradoan.

Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) sued the council at Larimer County District Court, resulting in the reversal of the decision, on grounds that a 1951 act declared oil and gas exploitation a key state objective in Colorado.

Recently, several locals have participated in council gatherings and requested council members to see if they can lodge an appeal against the court’s decision.

Should the council approve the resolution, Interim City Attorney Carrie Daggett is expected to lodge an appeal at the Colorado Court of Appeals, with a deadline of Nov. 5.

Besides Fort Collins, Longmont is the other city in the Front Range where locals have initiated the process to file appeals to uphold fracking bans.

Elsewhere in Canada, anti-fracking activists said that a Liberal Party win in New Brunswick will pause shale gas activities in the province.

Lois Corbett, who works with the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, said a Brian Gallant’s victory in Monday’s elections in the province will create time for experts and politicians to analyze the impact of fracking. Liberals made a vow to enact a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing during the campaigns. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com