WildEarth Guardians, an environmental advocacy group based in New Mexico and an office in Denver, can proceed in its lawsuit claiming that seven oil and gas companies violated the Clean Air Act by releasing emissions from Denver-area wells deposit not having acquired the correct permits.
U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson on May 1 declined to throw out the claims by WildEarth Guardians, filed in 2019, alleging violations of the Clean Air Act against seven companies which the group charged could spell $1.3 billion in penalties against the targeted firms.
Companies targeted in the suit include Noble Energy, Extraction Oil and Gas, Crestone Resources, Great Western Operating, Mallard Exploration, Bonanza Creek Energy and PDC Energy.
WildEarth Guardians is being represented in the case by Boulder-based attorney Randall M. Weiner.
“Seven major oil companies operating in Colorado tried to get this case dismissed before we could conduct investigations into how much air pollution their unpermitted facilities emitted into the skies over the Front Range,” Weiner said in a statement. “I am exceedingly pleased that the judge is allowing this case to continue.”
In the same order, Jackson rejected WildEarth Guardians’ argument that the defendants acted improperly based on the maximum potential level of emissions the facilities could produce.