(Feb. 14) – All five members of Boulder County’s House delegation took state Attorney General Cynthia Coffman to task today after she sued the county in an attempt to overturn its moratorium on oil and gas development.
“It’s virtually unheard-of for the state to sue on behalf of a private industry,” said Majority Leader KC Becker, D-Boulder. “The Attorney General has decided to wield the power of her office for the benefit of private companies at the expense of local communities.”
“The oil and gas industry has been working behind the scenes for months to get someone else to go after local governments,” said Rep. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette. “They finally found an accomplice. I’m glad the Boulder County commissioners are standing strong against this lawsuit.”
“Right now in Broomfield, our community is trying to reach a collaborative solution to oil and gas drilling in residential areas,” said Rep. Matt Gray, D-Broomfield, whose district includes Superior and the Boulder County part of Erie. “The Attorney General’s needless litigation for political purposes will only undermine that process.”
“This is double indemnity,” said Rep. Edie Hooton, D-Boulder. “Attorney General Coffman is suing Boulder County for having the temerity to write regulations on how fracking will occur in our county, forcing Boulder’s County Commissioners to use our tax dollars to defend the right to do it.”
“This new activism by the Attorney General on oil and gas development would have better served the people of Colorado if she had started by standing up to the operators responsible for hundreds of spills around the state each year,” said Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont.