LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) -- Boulder County says it wouldn't be responsible to repeal its moratorium on oil and gas development until it passes up-to-date drilling regulations.
The Longmont Times-Call reports that Boulder County attorney Ben Pearlman asked Attorney General Cynthia Coffman in a letter on Friday to reconsider her call for the county to rescind its moratorium on new oil and gas applications by Feb. 10. The moratorium is set to expire May 1 and county commissioners are scheduled to consider a final draft of the regulations in March.
The county originally instituted the moratorium in 2012 and has extended it several times.
Coffman says it amounts to a ban and suspects the county will extend it.
Last year, the state Supreme Court ruled against Fort Collins' five-year ban on drilling involving hydraulic fracturing.