COMMERCE CITY — The City Council late Monday night unanimously voted to continue an ordinance which temporarily bans hydraulic fracturing and drilling operations within the city until Feb. 27.
The decision came after lengthy debate among council members, oil and gas officials and residents about fracturing activity both in and near Commerce City.
Fracturing – also known as fracking – involves pumping water, sand and chemicals into a well to fracture rock and release oil and gas. Industry officials say fracking is environmentally sound and safe.
However, critics claims fracking can lead to environmental damage and even earthquakes.
The move to continue Ordinance 1880 – which calls for a six-month moratorium on fracking in the city – was based on testimony from the public Monday night as well as a proposal from Hilcorp Energy, which agreed to a voluntary 30-day moratorium on fracking in the city, said city spokeswoman Michelle Halstead.