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John TomasicJohn TomasicFebruary 14, 20177min471

Boulder County is hitting back at Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, who filed suit Tuesday against the county seeking to force its commissioners to lift a moratorium on new oil and gas drilling projects. “The Attorney General sent a special valentine to the oil and gas industry today by filing a lawsuit against Boulder County,” reads a statement from the county commissioners. “It’s a sweetheart deal for the oil and gas industry, but a massive waste of Coloradans’ tax dollars for the State to sue us on industry’s behalf, and we are prepared to defend our right to safeguard the health, safety, and wellbeing of our constituents.” Boulder County Attorney Ben Pearlman told The Colorado Statesman on Monday that he is confident the law is on the county’s side. He said there is solid precedent in support of local limited-duration moratoria put in place while rules are being formulated. He said the county is continuing the process of formulating and approving drilling regulations to meet the challenge of present-day oil and gas extraction in the region.