On February 14, 2017, the State of Colorado filed suit against the County of Boulder concerning its 5-year ban on accepting or processing oil and gas permitting applications.  The State of Colorado asserts that Boulder County's continued ban on oil and gas drilling permits flies in the face of decisions by the Colorado Supreme Court in 2016 that local governments are preempted by state authority from banning or materially impeding oil and gas activities.  The Boulder County Commissioners have repeatedly extended the county's "temporary" moratorium over the years under the guise of needing additional time to develop the county's permitting regulations.  The lawsuit filed by the Colorado Attorney General seeks to end the obvious delay tactics long implemented by the Boulder County Commissioners.  Undoubtedly, that history of delay has cost local landowners significantly in lost royalties that they may never recoup in today's price environment.