Boulder County won’t extend drilling moratorium
LONGMONT — Some northern Colorado communities are looking to strictly regulate oil and gas drilling rather than stopping it all together.
Boulder County commissioners on Tuesday voted against extending a moratorium on new wells set to expire June 10. The Longmont Times-Call reported they instead agreed to try to phase in the expected development.
Commissioner Deb Gardner hopes the county will be able to hire its own inspectors and technical experts to monitor wells — possibly around the clock — before new drilling occurs.
Meanwhile, a divided Fort Collins city council lifted its drilling moratorium late Tuesday, allowing Prospect Energy to drill under regulations stricter than the state’s. The Fort Collins Coloradoan (http://noconow.co/12VLWYi) reported the vote came after dozens of residents urged councilors to keep the ban despite a likely lawsuit.