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Boulder County is concerned about the potential for significantly expanded oil and gas development within the county, and supports appropriate, tighter restrictions and increased local control to mitigate the impacts of these activities. A temporary moratorium on accepting new applications for oil and gas development in unincorporated Boulder County is currently in place until the end of January 2017.

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County Commissioners extend temporary moratorium on processing oil and gas development applications

On Nov. 17, 2016, the Board of County Commissioners adopted Resolution 2016-130 formalizing an extension of the temporary moratorium on processing oil and gas development applications through the end of January 2017. See announcement.

At a public hearing scheduled for Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m., the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will consider the status of the temporary moratorium and whether to terminate, further extend or otherwise amend the moratorium. On account of the fact that the County Commissioners held an in-person public hearing on Nov. 15 to collect verbal comments on the subject of oil and gas development in unincorporated Boulder County, public comment for the Dec. 13 hearing will be taken in written form only.

What: Public Hearing on the temporary moratorium on processing oil and gas development applications (Note: Public Comment to be taken in written form only.) 
When: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 11:30 a.m.
Where: Boulder County Courthouse, third floor, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder (map and directions)
Written comment may be emailed to: oilgascomment@bouldercounty.org. Comments may also be sent via U.S. Mail, or dropped off at the Commissioners’ Office, 3rd Floor, 1325 Pearl Street in Boulder. (Note: Comments are requested by 8:00 a.m. on December 13.) The public is encouraged to provide input on issues related to the final set of regulations (to be posted) that might impact the length of the moratorium.


Boulder County Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners review of draft oil and gas development regulations (Docket DC-16-0004)

See announcement.

Board of County Commissioners Public Meetings & Hearings (Docket DC-16-0004)

Board of County Commissioners public hearing, Nov. 15, 2016 – After several hours of public testimony, the Commissioners gave staff direction to further inquire into and develop changes to the draft regulations. Since this work cannot be completed by Nov.18, when the current moratorium was set to expire, the Board voted 3-0 to extend the moratorium on an emergency basis until the end of January 2017 so that a public hearing could be set to determine the status of the moratorium (i.e., if and how long to further extend the moratorium based on staff’s estimate of time regarding the necessary work to be done). On November 17 at 11:00 a.m. the Board will adopt a resolution formalizing the extension and establish the date on which the upcoming public hearing will take place.
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Board of County Commissioners public meeting, Nov. 17, 2016 – The Board adopted Resolution 2016-130 formalizing the moratorium extension through the end of January 2017 and established December 13, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. as the date on which a public hearing regarding the moratorium’s status will take place. Staff will provide an estimate of the time needed to complete the requested research and develop amendments to the proposed regulations at the Dec. 13 public hearing. The public is also invited to provide input on other issues staff should investigate for the final set of regulations that might impact the length of the moratorium. Written testimony only will be accepted for this public hearing and can be submitted to oilgascomment@bouldercounty.org, sent via U.S. Mail or dropped off at the Commissioners’ Office, Third Floor, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder.
Documents:

Planning Commission Public Meetings & Hearings (Docket DC-16-0004)

Planning Commission public hearing, Oct. 12, 2016 – public comment was taken.
Documents: Planning Commission public meeting, Oct. 27, 2016 – no further testimony was taken.
The Planning Commission voted (9-0) to:
A) recommend approval of the proposed regulations (Docket DC-16-0004) to the Board of County Commissioners, with the edits and direction they provided at the October 27, 2016 public meeting, and
B) recommend that the Board of County Commissioners continue with a multi-pronged approach to addressing oil and gas development and consider a temporary moratorium on the processing of the required development plans for local oil and gas permits, for a period of time less than 5 years, to craft additional regulations based on new and recently published studies.
Documents:

Recent Public Comments

May 2016

County Commissioners Take Action in Response to Colorado Supreme Court Decisions on Oil and Gas Drilling, Adopt Resolution 2016-65 - May 19, 2016

Read the Statement from the Boulder County Board of County Commissioners. View Resolution 2016-65, terminating the Temporary Moratorium First Enacted by Resolution 2012-16, as Extended and Amended by Resolutions 2012-46, 2013-18, 2013-50, 2013-55, 2013-56, 2014-88, and 2015-23; Establishing a New Moratorium on Processing Oil and Gas Development Applications until November 18, 2016.

County Commissioners Respond to Colorado Supreme Court Decisions on Oil & Gas Drilling – May 2, 2016

Read the Commissioners' Statement.

Oct. 2015

County Commissioners Respond to COGCC Draft Rules concerning Large-Scale Oil & Gas Facilities - Oct. 7, 2015

Read the Commissioners' Statement.


For a timeline of past oil and gas hearing, decisions, documents, and more, please visit our Oil & Gas History page.


Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) Complaint Process

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has launched a new complaint process.

Oil & Gas Health Information and Response Program

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has launched a new Oil & Gas Health Information and Response Program website.



Oil and Gas Development Map

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The Boulder County Land Use Department has made an oil and gas development map available using Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission GIS data. View the Boulder County oil and gas development map.

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Boulder, CO 80302
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