At a public hearing on Dec. 13, County staff requested more time to finalize and implement new oil and gas regulations based on direction given by the Board of County Commissioners. In the meantime, a moratorium on new oil and gas development in Boulder County will remain in place through May 1, 2017.
County staff said they need time to research and draft many of the additional provisions requested by the Board and to prepare to implement and administer the regulations. “Our residents, like this Board of County Commissioners, are deeply concerned about the negative impacts that fracking can have on the environment, public health, and the economy of Boulder County,” said Boulder County Board of Commissioners Chair, Elise Jones. “It is absolutely critical that we get this right so that we have the most comprehensive and protective set of regulations in the State in place before anything else happens.” The County Commissioners scheduled a public hearing for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14 to consider a final draft of the regulations.