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BOULDER — A judge has dismissed 20 claims in a lawsuit brought by Boulder County that looks to stop a proposed oil and gas drilling project.

The Daily Camera reports that Boulder County District Judge Thomas Mulvahill dismissed the claims on Thursday.

The ruling states the claims were made prematurely in court because Crestone Peak Resources has not yet received state approval for its project, nor has it received Boulder County Land Use Department approval for construction of its three multi-well pads.

A release from the county says four claims made by the county regarding whether one of the mineral rights leases Crestone is using to establish its right to drill has expired will proceed in state court.

Crestone spokesman Jason Oates says the company voluntarily withdrew its opposition to those four claims in a court filing last month.

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