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Congressman calls on oil group to drop lawsuits in Colorado

By Bob Downing Published: December 5, 2013

From U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., today:

WASHINGTON, DC - Today Representative Jared Polis (CO-02) called on the Colorado Oil and Gas Association to immediately withdraw its lawsuits against Fort Collins and Lafayette on their fracking moratoriums.
 
"Colorado Oil and Gas Association needs to focus on winning over hearts and minds, not suing us when they disagree with the legitimate outcome of elections," Rep. Polis stated. "I call on Colorado Oil and Gas Association to withdraw their lawsuits and stop trying to overturn the recent elections in Lafayette and Fort Collins."
 
The majority of Fort Collins, Boulder, Lafayette, and Broomfield voters chose to pass measures to extend drilling moratoriums or fracking bans. And even those who voted against these measures generally agree it is community members, not COGA, who should determine how and whether oil and gas is developed in Fort Collins and Lafayette.
 
"Local governments have authority to regulate oil and gas land use activities because oil and gas operations are matters of local concern that impact home values and are an important issue for residents and neighborhoods," Polis concluded. "If the oil and gas industry forces taxpayers to defend these lawsuits it will generate even more public sentiment against creating energy sector jobs and achieving energy independence."
 
Attached are links to videos of Congressman Polis speaking of his concerns on these lawsuits:
 
 
 
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