A move by local governments to temporary ban oil and gas operations along the Front Range doesn’t have the industry alarmed yet, as long as local officials ultimately follow the state’s regulations rather than try to write their own. The oil and gas moratoriums in places such as Colorado Springs and Longmont “have become synonymous with people who want to stop drilling, but in most places all they want to do is take a timeout — and that’s what we’re encouraging,” said Tisha Schuller, president and CEO of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA). But after the timeouts expire, COGA hopes the local governments will decide to work within the state’s rules, she said.
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