CFB NEWS: Colorado Supreme Court Ruling: Department of Natural Resources v. 5 Star Feedlot, Inc.
On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in favor of 5 Star Feedlot, absolving 5 Star of liability in the 2015 incident that resulted in the death of fish in the Republican River.
In 2015, a historic rain overwhelmed the feedlots’ wastewater containment ponds, which overflowed into the Republican River with flooding rainwater. Days later, the Department of Natural Resources was alerted that a mass of dead fish were discovered on the South Fork of the Republican River. The Colorado Attorney General filed suit against 5 Star Feedlot alleging they violated state statutes by unlawfully killing the fish.
After a long, contentious legal battle, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in favor of 5 Star Feedlot, saying they did not knowingly or purposefully kill the fish.