Tanya Heikkila on Colo. Supreme Court and Fracking Bans

Associate Professor Tanya Heikkila is quoted in the AP story “Colorado Supreme Court to decide whether cities can ban fracking” that was posted on Sept. 21, 2015. The story appeared in the New York Times and Star Tribune, among other outlets.

“I would say this is pretty huge,” said Tanya Heikkila, an associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver who studies fracking policy debates.

“The state has generally taken the position that only it has the power to regulate the oil and gas industry, and that local governments can participate in decisions about how drilling and fracking occur but not whether it should be allowed.

“Local governments obviously still want some say in the ‘whether,'” Heikkila said. “The Supreme Court decision will clarify that issue.”

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