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Oil and Gas Operations Not Banned in Colorado Springs

The proposed Oil and Gas Land Use Regulation Ordinance, which failed to pass on second reading at the March 12 Formal Council Meeting, did not address hydraulic fracturing or take any action to ban oil and gas operations within the City of Colorado Springs.

The ordinance, which was created to establish surface land use regulations for the exploration and production of oil and gas resources within the City, addressed land use and development standards including setbacks, emergency plans and traffic impact mitigation.

The exploration for and/or extraction of oil and gas are considered mining activities and are allowed, subject to a conditional use, on Agricultural zoned property within the City under the existing provisions of the City’s Zoning Code.

Under current state regulations, oil companies may explore for and/or extract oil and gas using any method including hydraulic fracturing.

A proposal for oil and gas regulations may be re-introduced at a future date.