Boulder City Council members Tuesday night unanimously approved a one-year fracking moratorium, blocking oil and gas drilling permits in the city and on Boulder-owned open space properties.
Several council members also said they are warm to the idea of bringing forward a ballot measure in November to approve a longer-term ban — a process that would involve study sessions and public hearings in coming months.
City Councilwoman KC Becker said voters need to send the message to their state legislators and governor about their opposition to hydraulic fracturing.
Prior to the council vote on the moratorium, she said: “This is a no-brainer.”
The emergency ordinance passed by the council comes just before Boulder County’s moratorium on new oil and gas applications is set to expire June 10.
Additionally, the City Council — on first reading — unanimously passed a measure prohibiting the use or sale of Boulder’s water supply for fracking purposes. Before the ordinance is approved, it will require a second reading.
Several residents asked the City Council to go further by approving a longer fracking moratorium, an all-out ban or turning the issue over to voters.