FRACTURED, Part VI: The Wall

Greeley residents sue state oil and gas commission over neighborhood drilling rules.

A group of homeowners in Greeley filed a lawsuit this morning in Denver District Court against the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), alleging that the state agency ignored its own rules in approving a 24-well site in their neighborhood.

The lawsuit, filed by the University of Denver’s Environmental Law Clinic on behalf of “Neighbors Affected by Triple Creek,” claims the development “will negatively impact their health, safety, and welfare through the increased noise, pollution, and traffic associated with the project.” The homeowners say their suit represents an unprecedented challenge to the Commission’s application of new regulations. According to the court documents, “A ruling in this case will have a ripple effect across the state in assuring the Commission is accountable by requiring meaningful consideration of public health, safety, and welfare in its oil and gas permit decisions.”  For the full story, read it here, in the Colorado Independent.

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