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June 15, 2016

Public Hearing: Tuesday, June 28 – 6-Month Moratorium on Oil & Gas Development in Unincorporated Boulder County

Public Hearing: Tuesday, June 28
6-Month Moratorium on Oil & Gas Development in
Unincorporated Boulder County


Public hearing scheduled to determine if any changes should be made to the county’s 6-month moratorium on the processing of new oil and gas permits. In lieu of testimony being taken in person on June 28, testimony will be taken in the form of written comments submitted in advance; the deadline to receive comments is Monday, June 27 by 4 p.m.

Boulder County, Colo. The
Board of County Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing to consider
written public comment and to
determine if any changes should be made to the 6-month
moratorium (adopted May 19, 2016)
on the
processing of new oil and gas permits.

Resolution
2016-65
,
which imposed the moratorium, established
a 45-day deadline to set and notice a public hearing for the purpose of
deciding whether the 6-month moratorium should be terminated or otherwise
amended.

Written testimony will be reviewed by the Board as part of the public hearing on
Tuesday, June 28 at 1 p.m.

On May 19, the County Commissioners rescinded the county’s previous moratorium, which was set to expire in
July 2018, and adopted a new
moratorium that expires on November 18, 2016.

The new moratorium of shorter duration was established in order to allow time for the formulation and public review of
any amendments to current county land use and environmental regulations
governing oil and gas regulation in the unincorporated areas of Boulder County.
(See
May 19 summary.)

  • What: Public hearing to consider written public comment and to determine if any changes should be made to the 6-month moratorium on the processing of new oil and gas permits.
  • When: Tuesday, June 28 at 1 p.m. (No verbal testimony will be taken, but written testimony may be submitted through 4 p.m. on Monday, June 27.)
  • Where: Commissioners’ Hearing Room, Boulder County Courthouse, third floor, 1325 Pearl St., Boulder (map)


For
this public hearing, the County Commissioners are taking written testimony only in order to ensure that everyone who is
interested in this topic can provide comments in an accessible forum. They also
want to have adequate time to consider all comments, and receiving comments in
advance of the hearing will afford them sufficient time to review all opinions,
ideas, and comments submitted prior to the hearing.

There
will be additional opportunities for public input later this fall on proposed
amendments to the County Land Use Code pertaining to oil and gas activities in
unincorporated Boulder County.

Written
testimony may be
submitted by email, mail, or in person to the Commissioners’
Office
. In
order to be considered by the County Commissioners in advance of the June 28
public hearing, the deadline to submit
comments is Monday, June 27 by 4 p.m.

Email comments to: oilgascomment@bouldercounty.org

Or, mail to:

Boulder County Commissioners’ Office
Re: OilGas Comment
PO
Box 471
Boulder,
CO 80306

Or, drop-off comments in-person to:

Boulder County Commissioners’ Office
1325 Pearl Street, 3rd Floor
Boulder, CO 80302

Oil and gas installation

Copies of the written testimony will be posted on the county’s Oil and Gas webpage for all parties to view. The hearing will be webstreamed at www.bouldercounty.org/gov/hearings/pages/hearings.aspx and archived there for future viewing.