The Colorado Oil & Gas Association has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought forth by two Lafayette residents who seek immediate enforcement of the fracking ban passed in November by the city's voters.

In a statement released Tuesday, COGA described the suit as "frivolous."

In November, 60 percent of Lafayette voters supported the Community Rights Act, which prohibits any new fracking activity within city limits. Less than four weeks after Election Day, COGA filed a lawsuit against Lafayette seeking to reverse the ban.

In response to that suit, Anna Griffen and Cliff Willmeng, of anti-fracking group East Boulder County United, filed their own suit June 10 in Boulder District Court, attempting to dismiss COGA's challenge of the Community Rights Act. In that suit, the plaintiffs named the state of Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper and COGA as defendants.

"The legal action brought by plaintiffs Willmeng and Griffen is without foundation and again reflects the utter disregard Mr. Willmeng has for our judicial system and the taxpayers who fund it," Tuesday's statement reads.

COGA is also seeking sanctions against the two plaintiffs and their legal counsel, hoping to hold them "accountable for filing a frivolous lawsuit that is without legal merit."



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