Boulder County issues moratorium on new oil, gas drilling


LONGMONT | Boulder County is the latest local government in Colorado to impose a moratorium on new oil and gas drilling.

The Longmont Times-Call reports the commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the moratorium on Friday without taking public comment. Commissioners scheduled a July 16 meeting to hear comments and decide whether to keep the moratorium.

Commissioner Elise Jones said the county needs time to update its rules under a new state law that gives local governments more authority over well locations.

Industry officials said they were disappointed but not surprised.

The moratorium comes as Crestone Peak Resources is seeking permits to drill more than 100 wells in the county.

A survey by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission showed three other counties and six cities had moratoriums as of May.

Information from: Daily Times-Call,