Board was mulling moratorium or, at least, a promise.
By Mark Jaffe – The Denver Post – January 28. 2015
The Erie Board of Trustees Tuesday night voted not to impose a moratorium on new oil and gas drilling permits on a 4-3 vote.
The moratorium proposal was prompted by problems at an Encana Corp. drill site and the failure after five months of negotiations to reach a new operating agreement with Encana.
Erie has agreements, so-called memorandums of understanding with Encana and the Anadarko Petroleum Corp. — the two big drillers in the town. These agreement contain best management practices the operators agree to use and are included as part of their state drilling permits.
The agreement, however, didn’t stop almost of month of sound and vibration problems at an Encana drill pad near the Vista Ridge development. The drilling shook homes for 27 days around-the-clock.
Both town officials and resident were frustrated with “oil and gas being shoved into backyards,” said Erie Mayor Pro Tem Mark Gruber. “We need time to look at code changes and renegotiate our memorandums of understanding,” Mayor Tina Harris said in an interview before the meeting.
Encana and Anadarko representatives said that the town could have that time without a moratorium.