Boulder County’s oil, gas moratorium to end June 10

CityofBoulderLogoBy John Fryar Longmont Times-Call – May 21, 2013

BOULDER — Boulder County’s moratorium on processing new applications for oil and gas drilling in unincorporated areas will end, as scheduled, on June 10, county commissioners decided Tuesday.

The Board of County Commissioners also decided, however, to try to limit the numbers and locations of new well sites that will be allowed under the county’s land-use regulations over the next year or two — and to inspect and monitor those wells closely to ensure they’re complying with Boulder County’s new Land Use Code regulations governing such oil and gas development.

The idea, said Commissioner Deb Gardner, is that once the county has its own inspectors and technical experts doing that oversight, if any of initial wells are found to not be meeting the county’s regulatory standards, “we shut them down.”

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