Energy policy — coalbed methane: The state of Colorado and the Southern Ute Tribe are considering their options in light of Judge James Hartmann’s ruling last Thursday


From the Associated Press (Catharine Tsai) via The Albuquerque Journal. From the article:

The judge last week upheld rules by the state engineer that allowed some oil and gas wells in the state to be exempt from getting water well permits for their operations, but he also said the rules shouldn’t apply within the Southern Ute reservation because it is unclear who has jurisdiction over water…

Despite the ruling last week upholding the rules, [Colorado First Assistant Attorney General John Cyran] told The Durango Herald ( the state was considering whether to ask the judge for a clarification of part of the ruling that said the state engineer’s rules should not apply within the Southern Ute reservation. “I don’t think there was any problem with us passing that rule because I do think we have authority there,” Cyran said.

More coalbed methane coverage here and here.

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