County leaders meet with public to discuss secession

POSTED: 02:01 PM MDT Jul 08, 2013    UPDATED: 02:03 PM MDT Jul 08, 2013 
AKRON, Colo. -

Leaders from several northern Colorado counties are meeting in Akron Monday to discuss the formation of a new state they're calling North Colorado.

Weld County commissioners are behind the push. When they announced their plan last month, they said failed legislative efforts to crack down on oil and gas drilling, as well as increases in rural renewable energy standards were "the straws that broke the camel's back."

In June, Weld County commissioners said other counties expressing interest in forming a new state included Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick, Phillips, Washington, Yuma and Kit Carson.

The Greeley Tribune reports that some counties in Nebraska and Kansas are also interested in joining the effort.

Weld County Commissioner Doug Rademacher told the Tribune that he's confident voters would support he idea if it made it onto the ballot.

According to KMGH, the general assembly of Colorado and the U.S. Congress would have to sign off on the idea.