BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado’s association of oil and gas developers is warning that a moratorium on drilling in a community outside Denver could lead to expensive lawsuits funded by taxpayers.
The Boulder Daily Camera reports the Lafayette City Council plans to discuss the proposed yearlong moratorium Tuesday.
Colorado Oil and Gas Association President Dan Haley says courts in Colorado repeatedly have struck down local prohibitions against drilling. He urges Lafayette officials in statement to find other solutions to their concerns besides a moratorium.
Lafayette is a community of about 24,000 people in Boulder County between Boulder and Denver.
A Boulder County moratorium expired in May. Since then, two companies have applied to drill in the area.
Lafayette officials say a moratorium would give them time to consider new regulations.