The state issued a statement on Tuesday saying that farmers around Greeley and Weld County cannot use existing wells for water as they face drought this season.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, shared some bad news for farmers Tuesday morning.

Hickenlooper’s office issued a memo that, based on an analysis of state law by the Attorney General’s Office, he does not have the authority to issue such an order as the Weld County Board of Commissioners, at the farmers’ behest, had requested. ]

Earlier in June some Weld County farmers had argued that our Governor could help save their dry crops if they could tap into wells on their property.