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Tug of War Over Colorado’s Energy Future: State Preemption of Local Fracking Bans

June 2014

Citation: 44 ELR 10524

Issue: 6

Author: Colin C. Deihl, Jamal L. Knight, Alexander F. Logemann, and Ann E. Prouty

Colorado is one of the epicenters of hydraulic fracturing in the United States. In addition to promising a lower carbon fuel source and increased domestic energy security, this development has attracted opposition from local citizens and governments worried about the local impact of the natural gas activities. The authors review the state of play in Colorado hydraulic fracturing and suggest that local efforts to restrict hydraulic fracturing should themselves be prohibited due to comprehensive state regulation in this arena.

Colin C. Deihl is a Partner and Jamal L. Knight, Alexander F. Logemann, and Ann E. Prouty are Associates at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

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