Brighton suspends oil, gas drilling applications

BRIGHTON, Colo. - The Brighton City Council says the city won't accept new applications for oil and gas drilling until July 15.

City officials said the suspension was adopted Tuesday to give members of the council and planning commission time to revise regulations and learn about oil and gas development.

The suspension also gives officials time to review new state rules, meet with state regulators and industry representatives and hold public hearings.

Mayor Dick McLean says the action is a "timeout" and not a ban.

Officials say the suspension could be lifted before July if revised regulations are in place sooner.

Brighton is about 20 miles north of downtown Denver.

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