New drilling regulations rejected as Colorado Springs vote ends in tie

Colorado-SpringsBy Ned B. Hunter- The Gazette 03/13/2013

COLORADO SPRINGS  — After months of debate, Colorado Springs City Council members remain divided on the issue of oil and gas drilling within the city.

A four-to-four vote Tuesday on an ordinance that would have established drilling regulations means the ordinance failed; the issue will now be up to the next council after April’s elections.

But the ordinance’s failure does not eliminate the prospect of oil and gas drilling within the city limits, said councilwoman Angela Dougan.

“They can still drill within the city under state permits,” she said after the vote. “It just means we lose our seat at the table.”

The final vote came nearly four months after an initial 6-3 vote in favor of the regulations.

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