The industry association contends the bans are illegal since state regulations specify and the state Supreme Court has ruled that oil and gas development, which must employ hydraulic fracturing or fracking, supersedes local laws and cannot be banned.
The three projects in Adams, Denver and Jefferson counties, will roll out under the utility’s Solar Rewards Community program, and will make SunShare a state and nationwide leader in community solar gardens development.
A consent decree filed in U.S. District Court says the government authorities agree to drop further legal action unless the spill worsens. This settlement requires court approval after at least 30 days for public notice and comment.
Our state excels in job growth and innovation, but faces challenges related to taxes and highway maintenance. “The good news again is that Colorado continues to rank among the most economically competitive states in the United States in key measures such as job growth, innovation, and technology concentration.”
“These are going to amount to the very best air quality regulations in the country,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said. He credited executives from Anadarko, Encana and Noble for compromising and helping minimize environmental harm from drilling before the cost implications are fully known.
“Just getting the BLM to take us seriously and include what we are proposing in their draft resource management plan is a big win,” said Jim Ramey, Director of Citizens for a Healthy Community, the coalition of representatives from area farms and businesses.