LONGMONT – The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s lawsuit against Longmont should be thrown out, the city argued Friday.
The state’s regulation body said several of Longmont’s newly adopted oil and gas regulations trespass on state authority. But the city countered by saying the commission had no business suing Longmont in the first place.
“The commission does not have the authority to sue Longmont,” read the motion by city attorney Eugene Mei, assistant city attorney Dan Kramer and special counsel Phil Barber of Denver. “The commission has not been injured by the ordinance and thus has no standing to sue; and the court lacks jurisdiction since the commission’s challenge is unripe.”