Results of June 12, 2014 Oil & Gas Public Hearing

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Board of County Commissioners held a public hearing on June 12 to receive a status update from staff on the matters discussed in Resolution 2013-55 effective June 18, 2013, which extended the temporary moratorium on processing oil and gas development applications in the unincorporated county until January 1, 2015.
The staff briefing included information on county regulations, on-going scientific studies, and changes to the regulatory landscape around oil and gas development (aka "fracking"). The Board also considered whether to extend or otherwise amend the temporary moratorium.
June 12, 2014:  Board of County Commissioners public hearing to receive status update from staff on matters related to the current temporary oil and gas development moratorium. The Board asked staff to bring an amended version of the proposed exemption to the temporary moratorium to request permission to relocate certain of these facilities further away from flood-prone areas to reduce the risks to public health, safety, welfare and the environment, add in site plans, public notice, and relevant provisions of Article 12 and the pipeline regulations. This will go forward for approval at a future Commissioners Business Meeting. No action on extending the moratorium (currently in effect until January 1, 2015) was taken, but the Board indicated they will revisit this question in the fall of 2014. The hearing was webstreamed and archived.
A copy of the staff memo and additional information about the county’s role in oil and gas development, is available on the county’s Oil and Gas webpage.

Barbara Halpin
Boulder County Public Information Officer

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