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Boulder County's moratorium on oil and gas development will stay

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After hearing public testimony Tuesday night, the Board of Boulder County Commissioners reaffirmed a decision to enact a temporary moratorium on the acceptance and processing of new oil and gas development applications and seismic testing.

It will remain in effect until March 28, 2020, according to the county.

The 9-month moratorium will allow staff time to research and draft changes and to conduct the public process to make amendments to Article 12 of the Land Use Code, Special Review for Oil and Gas Operations in light of the local government authority clarified and expanded by oil and gas overhaul signed into law earlier this year.

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Late last month, the commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the moratorium on without taking public comment. At that time, they scheduled a meeting for July 16 to hear testimony and to decide whether to keep the moratorium.

"Based on public input, it's clear that Boulder County residents continue to be very concerned about the public health and environmental impacts of oil and gas development, said Elise Jones, chair of the Board of County Commissioners. "The overwhelming majority of our constituents support us taking the time we need to put into place the strongest possible protections allowed under law – and we have acted accordingly."

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At Tuesday's hearing, staff outlined a work plan for amending Article 12 that includes research, drafting, stakeholder discussions, public processes, Boulder County Planning Commission hearings.

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