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Statement from Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman on the Appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court in the COGCC v. Martinez Case

“Today my office filed an appeal to the Martinez decision.  The Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission unanimously voted to defend its legal position in court, and I agree that the Colorado Supreme Court should review the case due to its legal significance. My office will continue to move forward with the case by seeking Supreme Court review.

I understand that sentiment runs high surrounding oil and gas development in our State, even more so in the wake of the tragic house explosion that claimed two lives.  This appeal is not intended to be a statement on complex energy policy issues. Rather it is a legal challenge to a court decision that stands to have a profound effect on regulation and administrative decision making by government entities.

My office will move forward with the case on behalf of our client, the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, and pursuant to the Attorney General's independent authority to defend Colorado law.  We will work to expeditiously obtain an outcome in this matter. Further details regarding the Martinez appeal can be found in my letter to Gov. Hickenlooper.”

A copy of today’s court filing and a copy of the letter to the Governor is attached


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Annie Skinner
Colorado Attorney General’s Office
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