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Polis defends Boulder County against Attorney General’s overreach

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Boulder, February 14, 2017 | comments
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) gave the following statement after news that the Colorado Attorney General is suing Boulder County over its fracking moratorium.
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Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) gave the following statement after news that the Colorado Attorney General is suing Boulder County over its fracking moratorium.

“We should all be outraged that the Colorado Attorney General has chosen to use public tax dollars to bully Boulder County on behalf of the oil and gas industry.  The oil and gas industry is more than equipped to bring their own lawsuits, and I suspect they have opted not to sue Boulder County because they know Colorado law allows for a short term fracking moratorium.  What the Attorney General has done today is a purely political waste of money, and it is not legally sound,” Polis said.   "Cynthia Coffman is wasting taxpayer money trying to force Boulder residents to have fracking near our homes and schools.”

Polis serves as Vice Chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC).  He is a champion for the environment in Congress, and an advocate for local control in oil and gas development. 

He has written op-eds, introduced legislation to close oil and gas loopholes in the Clean Air Act, and has even testified before the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission.

Polis is the author of the Bringing Reductions to Energy’s Airborne Toxic Health Effects (BREATHE) Act, which would address air quality and health concerns by closing loopholes that contribute to large-scale smog and ozone problems, as well as the acute health effects of drilling emissions. Polis also co-authored the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act, legislation that would remove the oil and gas industry’s exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act and require the disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking fluids. 

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