Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck shareholders Mark Mathews and Wayne Forman represented the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) in its high-profile win yesterday in the Colorado Supreme Court.
Mathews and Forman, part of Brownstein’s Energy & Natural Resources practice based in Denver, represented COGA in litigation against Fort Collins and Longmont, Colo., regarding bans and moratoria on hydraulic fracturing activities. The Colorado Supreme Court struck down Longmont’s ban and Fort Collins' five-year moratorium banning hydraulic fracturing. The court held that the ban and moratorium were illegal because they conflicted with state law and regulations governing hydraulic fracturing. In both cases, today’s ruling upheld lower court rulings that asserted the Longmont ban and the Fort Collins moratorium conflicted with state law.
"This case involved precedent-setting issues pertaining to state preemption of oil and gas activities," said David Bernhardt, co-chair of the firm’s Natural Resources Department. “Mark's and Wayne’s knowledge of energy and land use law were on exceptional display in front of the Supreme Court, showing the depth and breadth of our team.”