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Oil and Gas Regulations Vote Postponed

During their Formal Meeting this week, City Council voted 8 to 1, with Councilwoman Dougan opposed, to postpone the proposed Oil and Gas regulations vote for 30 days in order to allow city staff to address the following concerns:

  • A plan on how the wells located within city limits will be inspected.
  • A plan outlining regular monitoring of air and water quality.
  • An answer to whether more zoning options are available to the city.

“Currently there are 48,000 wells in Colorado and only 13 inspectors. We want assurance we’ll have our own inspectors so inspections can happen on a regular basis,” stated Jan Martin, council president pro-tem, “and regular monitoring would provide ongoing assurance that the drilling is not impacting our water or air quality.”

In addition, council wants the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the state in place to address these issues prior to voting on the proposed regulations.

“It seems to me as a home rule authority we should put things in place and strengthen our authority,” said Council President Scott Hente.