82-4-349. Limitations of actions -- venue. (1) Legal actions seeking review of a department decision granting or denying an exploration license or operating permit issued under this part must be filed within 90 days after the decision is made. Summons must be issued and process served on all defendants within 60 days after the action is filed.
(2) An action to challenge the issuance of a license or permit pursuant to this part must be brought in the county in which the exploration or permitted activity is proposed to occur. If an activity is proposed to occur in more than one county, the action may be brought in any of the counties in which the exploration or activity is proposed to occur.
(3) A judicial challenge to an exploration license or operating permit issued pursuant to this part by a party other than the license or permitholder or applicant must include the party to whom the license or permit was issued unless otherwise agreed to by the license or permitholder or applicant. All judicial challenges of licenses or permits for projects with a project cost, as determined by the court, of more than $1 million must have precedence over any civil cause of a different nature pending in that court. If the court determines that the challenge was without merit or was for an improper purpose, such as to harass, to cause unnecessary delay, or to impose needless or increased cost in litigation, the court may award attorney fees and costs incurred in defending the action.
History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 472, L. 1993; amd. Sec. 398, Ch. 418, L. 1995; amd. Sec. 7, Ch. 507, L. 1999; amd. Sec. 32, Ch. 361, L. 2003; amd. Sec. 16, Ch. 337, L. 2005.