Colorado Supreme Court won’t reconsider oil and gas decision
The Associated Press
DENVER — The Colorado Supreme Court refused to reconsider its ruling that oil and gas regulators do not have to make health and environmental protection their top priority.
The court offered no explanation in its announcement, dated Monday and made public Tuesday.
Seven young plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit seeking stronger health and environmental rules had asked the court to revisit the Jan. 14 ruling. The plaintiffs include Hispanics and Native Americans, and they argued that a lower court judge who had a hand in the case may have been biased against them.
The judge, Laurie Booras of the state Court of Appeals, wrote an opinion opposing the plaintiffs, and the Supreme Court cited her opinion in its ruling.
Booras resigned this month after a disciplinary panel said she used racial slurs and demeaning nicknames for a Native American woman and a Hispanic woman. The Hispanic woman was a fellow Court of Appeals judge.
The panel said Booras created the appearance of impropriety and undermined public trust in her impartiality.
The panel also said Booras told a third party that she intended to write an opinion against the plaintiffs, a violation of confidentiality rules.
Booras declined to comment Tuesday through her attorney, David Beller.
Our Children’s Trust, which supported the young plaintiffs, said it was disappointed that the Supreme Court would not reconsider the case nor explain why.
“The seven youth plaintiffs, and all Coloradans, deserve an explanation from the Colorado Supreme Court,” the group said in a statement.
Julia Olson, an attorney and executive director of Our Children’s Trust, represented the plaintiffs.
The original lawsuit argued that state law requires the oil and gas commission to ensure energy development does not harm people’s health or the environment. The plaintiffs asked the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 2013 to require those protections before issuing any drilling permits.
The commission refused, saying the law required it to balance health and environmental concerns with other factors. The Supreme Court agreed with the commission.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Nighttime closures anticipated Wednesday and Friday for I-70 Glenwood Canyon emergency repairs project work
Two nighttime closures of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon are expected this week for safety and schedule-critical work related to the late July flooding that severely damaged the roadway.