Boulder County commissioners plan to appeal fracking cases

BOULDER, Colo. — Boulder County commissioners say they intend to appeal a district court decision dismissing the county’s legal claims against an oil and gas drill company.

The Daily Camera reports the county filed three lawsuits aimed at blocking planned fracking operations by Crestone Peak Resources.

However, a Boulder County District Court judge dismissed the lawsuits.

Commissioners on Tuesday said they intend to appeal.

In addition, the county plans to use new regulatory authority that requires oil and gas companies obtain approval from county commissioners before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission can greenlight the drilling permit.

Crestone spokesman Jason Oates says the company remains confident the project to drill 140 wells in unincorporated Boulder County will be approved.

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