Aurora passes updates to regulations for fracking in city limits

City_of_AuroraBy Megan Mitchell – YourHub Reporter – December 23, 2014

AURORA — City Council on Monday night approved new regulations that will govern the way oil and gas companies run their hydraulic fracturing well pad sites in the city.

Changes to the city’s existing ordinance from 2012 first came up when some residents complained that oil and gas giant ConocoPhillips was violating the existing regulations by building 30 foot tall vapor recovery tanks on the site pads.

The new rules use language that limits storage tanks to 20 feet, but will allow structures used for environmental quality control — like the recovery tanks — to be as tall as necessary.

Other proposed ordinance changes require landscaping and fencing around well pad sites within 1,500 feet of a platted development. Those sites will also need to be 500 feet away from an existing development, per state regulations.

Council deferred to state regulations for setbacks from homes, spill containment and noise limits.

The resolution was approved 8-2 with council members Renie Peterson and Molly Markert voting no. Councilwoman Sally Mounier was absent.

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