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Lafayette considers new rule on oil and gas applications

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Posted at 11:30 AM, Sep 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-30 13:30:41-04

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — City documents say Lafayette is considering implementing a yearlong moratorium that would halt any new and pending oil and gas development applications within city limits.

The Daily Camera reports the proposed regulation outlined in documents released Thursday comes after the Colorado Oil and Gas Association announced it would drill in the heart of the city.

According to city documents, Lafayette is also considering hiring a lawyer that would help the city navigate new regulations on oil and gas.

Other similar efforts by Lafayette and the city Longmont have fallen through, which suggests Lafayette could face a potentially costly lawsuit if it passes the ordinance.

The city is set to hear the first reading of the proposed ordinance Tuesday.

Representatives from the association could not be reached for comment.