Boulder to consider moratorium on fracking

CityofBoulderLogoBy Erica Meltzer Camera Staff Writer May, 8 2013

After months on the sidelines, Boulder is joining the statewide debate on fracking and local control with a possible moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.

Longmont is engaged in a legal battle with the state over its own regulations and a voter-approved ban on the process, and Boulder County adopted regulations late last year. A county moratorium is set to expire in June. It’s uncertain whether the county commissioners might extend it.

Boulder officials say the risk of anyone attempting to drill for oil and gas within city limits is remote, but open space lands — where often the city does not own the mineral rights under the land — may be at risk. The Boulder City Council will consider whether to adopt a moratorium on fracking in the city and on city-owned property at its June 4 meeting.

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