Court fight continues over fracking moratorium

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Backers of a five-year ban on fracking in Fort Collins and two environmental groups are seeking to join a court fight over the moratorium.

Citizens for a Healthy Fort Collins, the Sierra Club and Earthworks filed a motion with the District Court on Thursday asking to be included in a lawsuit filed by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association that seeks to overturn the moratorium.

According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, the groups say they all have an interest in the outcome of the lawsuit. Voters approved the moratorium in November.

The lawsuit contends the measure violates state law and economically harms the organization and its members. The lawsuit asks the court to block enforcement because it interferes with local government regulations.

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