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Boulder County extends drilling moratorium on new oil and gas development

Posted at 7:38 AM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 09:38:12-05

LONGMONT, Colo. -- Boulder County has extended a moratorium on new oil and gas development in unincorporated parts of the county.

County commissioners voted this week to approve a temporary emergency moratorium on the drilling through Jan. 31, The Longmont Times Call reports. The extension gives county staff time to study the latest draft version of oil and gas development regulation updates.

The commissioners want to have the updated regulations in place before they start accepting applications for drilling oil and gas wells.

They were originally planning to consider adopting a new set of oil and gas regulations Thursday morning but decided to give their staff more time to look at the changes suggested during a public hearing.