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Earthworks is the only U.S. environmental nonprofit that focuses exclusively on the destructive impacts of resource extraction.

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Trump picks industry puppet to lead EPA

Earthworks

January 17, 2017

Washington, D.C. -- President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, owns a track record that puts him directly at odds with the mission of the agency which he hopes to head.

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Zinke’s Opportunity to Champion America’s Public Lands

Earthworks

January 17, 2017

President-elect Trump has nominated freshman Member of Congress Ryan Zinke of Montana to lead the Interior Department, the agency charged with governing most of our public lands and all federally owned minerals. Although Congressman Zinke has repeatedly stated his commitment to keeping public lands public, he recently joined House Republicans to vote for a rule that would make it easier to transfer federal public lands to states.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Wolves, Lynx From PolyMet Copper Mine

Center for Biological Diversity | Earthworks

January 10, 2017

DULUTH, Minn.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Earthworks today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service under the Endangered Species Act for their approval of the PolyMet open-pit copper mine on the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota. The open-pit mine would destroy important habitat for the gray wolf and Canada lynx, both listed as threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act. The Fish and Wildlife Service issued its “biological opinion” on the mine proposal in February 2016, and the Forest Service issued its decision on the related land exchange on Jan. 9, 2017.

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Trump picks climate denier, polluter to set international policy

Earthworks

January 10, 2017

Washington, D.C.-- In suggesting Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson to head the State Department, President-elect Donald Trump has selected someone whose personal and professional history demonstrates a fundamental conflict of interest with the mission of the agency he would have them lead.

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Tests Reveal Increased Selenium Pollution In Trout Downstream of Smoky Canyon Mine

Crow Creek Conservation Alliance | Earthworks

January 10, 2017

New tests released today show that selenium pollution has substantially increased in trout downstream from Simplot’s Smoky Canyon Mine, with levels four times the criteria established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prevent defects and reproductive failure in fish. Crow Creek Conservation Alliance and Earthworks released the results as they’re calling upon Simplot and federal agencies to accelerate clean-up and prevent future pollution as required by the mine’s operating permit.

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EPA releases proposed rule requiring natural gas processing plants to start reporting toxic pollution

Environmental Integrity Project

January 6, 2017

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Oil and gas wastewater injection well maps show their earthquake threats to communities, infrastructure

FracTracker | Earthworks

December 21, 2016

Today FracTracker Alliance releasedinteractive maps of Oklahoma and Kansasshowing the location and volume of all active oil and gas Class II Salt Water Disposal (SWD) wastewater injection wells in the states, and their proximity to geologic faults and earthquakes. Publicly available interactive regional maps of these wells/volumes in proximity to faults and quakes are unprecedented.

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Science trumps politics, EPA confirms fracking pollutes drinking water

Earthworks

December 13, 2016

"In releasing its final study, Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources, today the Environmental Protection Agency definitively confirmed that hydraulic fracturing pollutes drinking water in multiple ways, including the overly restrictive definition that the oil and gas industry uses.

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President-elect Trump taps Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers for Interior Secretary

Earthworks

December 9, 2016

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers belongs to the mining industry. She co-sponsored the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act (HR 1904) and is a major booster for the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act (HR 1937). HR 1904 resulted in the transfer of sacred Apache lands to a foreign mining company, while HR 1937 subverts communities by severely undermining the public input process in mining permit decisions.

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Fracking threatens unique desert oasis in west Texas

Earthworks and Save Our Springs Too

November 3, 2016

Toyahvale & Dallas, TX, Nov 3 -- Released today, a new scientific analysis of the system of springs feeding Texas’ Balmorhea State Park in the Chihuahuan Desert indicates that new oil and gas production proposed by Apache Corp. could pollute or otherwise disrupt the springs that make Balmorhea a global tourist destination. The report was authored by hydrologist Tom Myers, Ph.D for the Balmorhea-community group Save Our Springs Too and national environmental group Earthworks.

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EPA releases oil & gas smog guidelines

Earthworks

October 20, 2016

"While we applaud President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency for finalizing voluntary control techniques guidelines (CTGs) for smog-forming pollution from oil and gas production, EPA has not yet applied these guidelines to 70 percent of wells in affected areas: low producing wells.

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World’s 2nd largest gold mining company’s own investigation shows it violated international standards, and its own

September 28, 2016

Washington, D.C., Sep 28 --  A year-long investigation commissioned and funded by the world’s second largest gold producer, Newmont Mining, today reports that its Peruvian subsidiary ignored human rights standards, “prioritized eviction and litigation over dialogue,” and violated its own standards in its land dispute with Peruvian subsistence farmers. 

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Latin American environmental defender attacked, hospitalized

Earthworks et. al.

September 20, 2016

Washington, D.C., -- 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize winner Máxima Acuña de Chaupe was hospitalized after being attacked, allegedly by security forces hired by Minera Yanacocha, a subsidiary of Denver-based Newmont Mining, according to information provided by the Chaupe family. The attack took place on Máxima’s property in northern Peru that the mining company has been trying to obtain for its Conga gold mine project

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San Carlos Apache, Community & Environmental Groups Challenge Plans for Resolution Copper Mine Waste Site

September 16, 2016

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Statement on House Science Subcommittee on the Environment hearing: “A Solution In Search of a Problem: EPA’s Methane Regulations”

Earthworks

September 15, 2016

“The science is clear on the oil and gas industry and methane -- they are spewing too much of it into the air, worsening climate change and harming public health.
 

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New report: Oversight of fracking oil trains needs improvement

Earthworks

September 14, 2016

Washington, D.C./Berkeley, CA -- A new report released by Earthworks today makes concrete recommendations to minimize the threats posed by oil trains traveling through communities across the United States. These trains transport volatile, fracked oil from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale.

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Oil and gas drilling near Lake Houston threatens Houston’s drinking water

Earthworks

September 13, 2016

Houston -- The Texas Railroad Commission has permitted oil and gas drilling 1600 feet from Lake Houston and less than ¼ mile from Copeland Elementary School and the Ben Bowen Early Childhood Center. Lake Houston is of one three reservoirs providing Houston’s drinking water.

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Amid Water Crises, Deadline Approaches for DEC on Fracking Waste

Earthworks and partners

September 13, 2016

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Human rights violator Newmont to top Dow Jones Sustainability Index for mining

Earthworks

September 12, 2016

Washington, D.C., Sep 9 -- Newmont Mining claims the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) will rank Newmont its top mining company on Monday when the 2016 Index is released, despite the gold miner’s role in human rights violations at its proposed Conga mine in northern Peru.

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Coalition Challenges Water Right Permit for Rock Creek Mine That Would Drain Wilderness Streams

Earthworks and Earthjustice

September 6, 2016

HELENA, MT—A coalition of conservation groups has objected to a mining company’s request for a state water right permit for the proposed Rock Creek Mine.  If finalized, the permit would allow the mine to drain water from pristine streams in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness and adjacent Kootenai National Forest—in some places making streams run dry. 

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Methane plume over Four Corners human-caused, scientists say

KOB4 | Devin Neeley

August 18, 2016
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AZTEC, N.M. -- It looks like humans are to blame for a large methane plume hovering over the Four Corners. But among those humans, there's getting to be some finger-pointing.

About a year ago there was a lot of attention to a red spot -- found on satellite imaging -- hovering above the northwest corner of the state. Scientists say it is a higher than normal concentration of methane.

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Prove Mining Assurances Need EPA Boost, States Say

Bloomberg BNA | Brian Dabbs

August 17, 2016
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The Environmental Protection Agency continues to fall far short in placating opposition to a new Superfund financial assurance rule for hardrock mining, according to interviews and comments released to Bloomberg BNA.

Some state stakeholders, in fact, strongly contest the need for any new federal assurance regulations.

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Camera exposes methane leaks noted by NASA

Durango Herald | Jonathan Romeo

August 16, 2016
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After hearing about NASA’s new study on methane emitters in the San Juan Basin, Pete Dronkers, a southwest representative with Earthworks, immediately got into his car and drove from Ridgway to Aztec with his infrared camera.

Dronkers, along with New Mexico-based representatives from the Sierra Club, pinpointed locations identified on the NASA report, and took a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera to the sites to expose the invisible leaks.

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Statement on SAB report concerning water pollution from fracking

Earthworks

August 12, 2016

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Judge rejects federal approval of Idaho gold mine plan

AP | Keith Ridler

August 3, 2016
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A federal judge has declared invalid the U.S. Forest Service's approval of a gold mining company's plan to reopen a 4-mile road in a central Idaho wilderness and drill core samples to find out if two of its claims are profitable enough to be mined.

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Conservationists Win Lawsuit Against Mining in Idaho’s Frank-Church River of No Return Wilderness

Earthworks and Idaho partners

August 3, 2016

Boise, ID – The U.S. District Court ruled in favor of conservationists, finding that a Forest Service decision approving a mining company’s plan to deploy bulldozers, dump trucks and drilling rigs miles inside the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness violates the Wilderness Act, the National Forest Management Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The court decision invalidates the company’s mining plan and requires the Forest Service to conduct further analysis of the proposed mining exploration and evaluate less invasive alternatives for activities in the Wilderness.

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Several states file lawsuits to block vital methane pollution standard

Earthworks

August 2, 2016

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Groups applaud proposal to cut methane pollution from California oil & gas facilities

Earthworks and methane partners

July 21, 2016

Sacramento, July 21 -- Today the California Air Resources Board first meets to publicly consider its proposed rule to limit methane and associated toxic pollution from oil and gas facilities. While CARB still has the opportunity to strengthen the rule in a few key ways, environmental groups from around the state and the country lauded the rule as an example to follow for other states and the federal Environmental Protection Agency

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Statement of Earthworks Policy Director, Lauren Pagel, on passage of HR 5538, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017

Earthworks

July 14, 2016

“As public health risks grow due to climate change and associated water scarcity, Congress is shrinking from its duty to protect the public. The latest example of this irresponsibility came today when the House of Representatives passed The Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017 (HR 5338) which is laden with  provisions that put taxpayers, the public and our environment at risk, including:

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Statement of Earthworks Policy Director, Lauren Pagel, on passage of the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017 (HR 5338)

Earthworks

July 14, 2016

“As public health risks grow due to climate change and associated water scarcity, Congress is shrinking from its duty to protect the public. The latest example of this irresponsibility came today when the House of Representatives passed The Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017 (HR 5338) which is laden with provisions that put taxpayers, the public and our environment at risk". These provisions include:

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Report: EPA must avoid coal mine self-bonding fiasco to ensure metal mines pay for hazardous waste clean-up, not taxpayers

Earthworks | Center for Science in Public Participation

July 12, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC / MISSOULA, MT - - Today Earthworks released a report, Making Polluters Pay -- How EPA can ensure mining companies, not taxpayers, pay for mine clean-up, calling upon the Environmental Protection Agency to learn from recent financial fallout of coal mining bankruptcies as it writes rules to require mining companies provide guaranteed funds, up front, for hazardous waste clean-up at metal mines.

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Infrared Videos & Interactive Map Expose Health Threat of Oklahoma’s Oil & Gas Air Pollution

Bold Oklahoma | Earthworks | Stop Fracking Payne County

July 12, 2016

In partnership with Bold Oklahoma and Stop Fracking Payne County, today Earthworks released new infrared videos of oil and gas air pollution in Oklahoma. The infrared videos -- which make visible normally invisible air pollution -- along with video testimonials from impacted community members are part of a national interactive map created  by Earthworks, Clean Air Task Force and FracTracker Alliance, OilAndGasThreatMap.com.

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New map, analysis chart health risks from oil and gas pollution

Charleston Gazette-Mail | Rick Steelhammer

June 16, 2016
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Two national environmental groups have released a new analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data on oil and gas industry air pollution and an accompanying interactive map showing associated health risks that place West Virginia among states with the most elevated cancer and respiratory health threats.

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‘Threat Map’ Aims to Highlight the Worst of Oil and Gas Air Pollution

InsideClimate | Zahra Hirji

June 16, 2016
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Environmentalists have launched a new mapping tool that allows people in the U.S. to see whether they live and work in areas at risk of harmful air pollution from nearby oil and gas activities.

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Statement on passage of bill to eliminate environmental protection requirements for the oil and gas industry

Earthworks, et al

June 16, 2016

Center for Coalfield Justice * Clean Air Council * Clean Water Action * Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania * Delaware Riverkeeper Network * Earthjustice * Earthworks * League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania * Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper * Mountain Watershed Association *  Natural Resources Defense Council * PennEnvironment * Penn Future * Save Our Streams * Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter

Harrisburg, PA, June 16, 2016— The above-listed organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, express their strong disappointment over the passage of SB 279 (the “Penn Grade Crude Development Advisory Council” bill), which passed the House and Senate yesterday and is expected to become law.

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Interactive map shows oil, gas health threat in Texas

Ft. Worth Star Telegram | Max B. Baker

June 15, 2016
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Roughly 2.3 million Texans live close enough to oil and gas wells, compressors and processors to cause concern about potential health threats, according to an online map published this week by a national environmental group.

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Denton faces $240 million question

Denton Record Chronicle | Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

June 11, 2016
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If the Denton City Council approves the “Renewable Denton Plan,” it will face the largest capital equipment purchase in recent memory: where to buy and house a dozen giant natural-gas engines to generate electricity.

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Statement on Pennsylvania legislative action to eliminate environmental protection requirements for the oil and gas industry

Earthworks et. al.

June 8, 2016

Harrisburg, PA, June 8, 2016— The above-listed organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, oppose SB 279 (the “Penn Grade Crude Development Advisory Council” bill), which passed the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee this morning.

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Montana seeking money for Fergus County gold mine cleanup

AP

June 5, 2016
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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is asking a bankruptcy court to set aside more than $6 million from the owner of a Fergus County gold mine to ensure treatment of polluted water after the state said it does not have enough cash for the cleanup effort.

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Hecla Vows to Develop Rock Creek, Montanore Mines

Flathead Beacon | Justin Franz

May 31, 2016
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The Coeur d’Alene, Idaho-based company that purchased its second major mine project in Northwest Montana within a year has vowed to continue exploration development of both the Rock Creek and Montanore mines.

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Group Documenting Marcellus Gas Well Leaks

Public News Service | Dan Heyman

May 16, 2016
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Armed with a specialized thermal imaging camera, a group is traveling in the West Virginia Marcellus fields this week documenting natural gas leaks and pollution. 

Nadia Steinzor, eastern program coordinator for Earthworks, says the environmental group bought a forward looking infrared camera (FLIR) because most gas industry leaks of methane and volatile organic compounds can't be seen with the naked eye. 

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Feds Tighten First-Ever Methane Rules for Fracking, Pipelines

US News and World Report | Alan Neuhauser

May 12, 2016
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The Obama administration finalized and tightened the country's first federal rules limiting methane emissions from oil and natural gas sites Thursday.

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EPA Begins Crackdown on Methane Emissions

InsideClimate | Phil McKenna

May 12, 2016
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The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules on Thursday to significantly reduce methane emissions from new oil and gas facilities as well as those undergoing modifications. The regulations are the first federal standards aimed at curbing methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, emitted by oil and gas production.

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Obama’s new oil & gas air pollution rule is a step forward for climate & communities

Earthworks

May 12, 2016

Today, the Obama administration finalized the first national standard to cut methane pollution from new and modified sources of oil and gas production. The rule will also cut associated pollution emitted with methane: volatile organic compounds like benzene, a carcinogen.

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Earthworks Welcomes Two New Board Directors

Earthworks

May 9, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earthworks, an international organization that campaigns to protect communities from the negative impacts of resource extraction, announces the addition of two distinguished experts to its Board of Directors.

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Environmental groups sue over oil-field wastewater regulations

The Oklahoman | Adam Wilmoth

May 6, 2016
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Three environmental organizations this week sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, asking for national rules and regulations on the handling and disposing of produced water and other waste products.

The Environmental Integrity Project, the National Resources Defense Council and Earthworks filed the lawsuit in federal court in Washington, saying federal regulators need to set national rules following produced water spills in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and earthquakes in Oklahoma and Texas.

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Groups sue EPA for failure to update oil, gas industry waste regulations

Topeka Capital-Journal | Morgan Chilson

May 4, 2016
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Three environmental organizations filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Environmental Protection Agency in a push for updated oil and gas industry waste regulations. They say outdated rules have led to an increase in earthquakes, groundwater contamination and other health and safety issues.

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Groups Sue EPA Over Dangerous Drilling and Fracking Waste

Earthworks | NRDC | Environmental Integrity Project

May 4, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A coalition of community and environmental organizations filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today calling for regulations to stop oil and gas companies from disposing and handling drilling and fracking wastes in ways that threaten public health and the environment.

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Longmont fracking ruling: ‘Blow to democracy’ or ‘win for individual property rights’?

Longmont Times-Call | Karen Antonacci

May 2, 2016

The Colorado Supreme Court's decision that Longmont residents cannot unilaterally ban fracking within city limits prompted responses from around the state Monday.

The court upheld a previous ruling in a lawsuit brought against Longmont by industry group Colorado Oil and Gas Association, the state agency Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and operator Top Operating.

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