Any attempt to give local governments more control over oil and gas drilling in Colorado must protect the rights of people who own underground mineral rights, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Friday.
Some Colorado lawmakers say cities that ban fracking should have to pay the owners of the mineral rights who are impacted, and the cost could run in the millions of dollars.
Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones says communities should be able to enact local rules for oil and gas drilling, on top of state rules.
Environments are concerned after Gov. John Hickenlooper said Colorado has an obligation to sue Fort Collins over banning oil and gas development within its city limits.
Gov. John Hickenlooper says he won’t tolerate cities and towns that ban oil and gas drilling within their borders and he promises to take them to court.
It’s not uncommon for property owners in rural Colorado to get an unexpected knock at the door or a letter informing them that someone else owns the minerals in the ground below their land and plans to exploit them.