Loveland enacts emergency fracking ban, Fort Collins may follow

FORT COLLINS – New oil and gas drilling and fracking are now temporarily banned in Loveland and may soon be in Fort Collins as well.

The Loveland City Council Tuesday night passed an emergency nine-month moratorium on new oil and gas operations within city limits as a “time out” allowing the city to update its zoning code and to develop a regulatory process for energy development in the city. The moratorium passed 6-3 after two hours of debate and public comment.

The Fort Collins City Council unanimously gave initial approval to an ordinance that would establish a moratorium of up to 8 months on accepting land-use applications related to oil and gas operations.

During the moratorium, the city would develop a permitting process for oil and gas drilling and draft land-use regulations with the aim of protecting the interests of the city and residents as allowable by state law, officials said.

The process of crafting the regulations would involve extensive public outreach. The moratorium would go into effect June 15 and end in February or earlier if the process is complete.

Nearly 20 residents spoke to the Fort Collins City Council in support of the moratorium. No one spoke against the proposal.

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