In November, voters in the city of Lafayette, Colorado approved Ballot Measure 300, which banned all “oil and gas extraction and related activities” within the Lafayette city limits. Lafayette is at the western edge of the Wattenberg field in the Denver Julesburg Basin, where horizontal drilling into the Niobrara has taken off in the past three years.

On Aug. 27, Judge D.D. Mallard found Measure 300 to be invalid, based on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Act which conveys oil and gas regulation authority to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conse...


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