The City of Fort Collins filed a motion asking the court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) that would overturn the city’s voter-approved moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. Fort Collins’ motion to dismiss argues that its residents have “the full right of self-government in local and municipal matters” under the state constitution. The University of Denver Environmental Law Clinic filed a motion to intervene on behalf of Citizens for a Healthy Fort Collins, the Sierra Club and Earthworks. The groups argue that COGA’s suit is an attempt to bypass the will of the voters. They say that the moratorium was approved by the people to allow hydraulic fracturing studies to be completed and reviewed before deciding on whether to allow hydraulic fracturing or the storage of hydraulic fracturing waste in their community.
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