BRIGHTON — After three years of negotiations, the Brighton City Council on Tuesday night unanimously adopted new rules and safety policies for oil and gas development sites in the city.
Brighton’s old land use and development code was a decade old and did not meet state requirements for hydraulic fracturing sites.
Since 2012, city staff worked with oil and gas industry representatives to find middle-ground on regulations that would comply with standards set by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, and also meet the city’s higher standards for health and safety.
“Over (discussions had during) the last month, I believe we have achieved that balance,” said Matt Sura, special counsel to Brighton and a member of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s oil and gas task force.