The Denver Post - - NEWS - By John Aguilar

brighton » Adams County lead­ers made it clear early Wed­nes­day that they won’t sup­port a 10- month ban on new oil and gas ac­tiv­ity in ur­ban parts of the county af­ter hear­ing nearly eight hours of tes­ti­mony that be­gan the night be­fore.

The five com­mis­sion­ers didn’t take an ac­tual up or down vote, but a ma­jor­ity of the board said they wouldn’t sup­port a mora­to­rium.

They will in­stead at a study ses­sion Tues­day ex­am­ine sev­eral op­tions re­gard­ing the regulation of en­ergy ex­trac­tion, in­clud­ing set­ting stricter op­er­at­ing stan­dards as a con­di­tion of drilling in the county.

They plan to take a fi­nal vote on the is­sue the fol­low­ing week.

“I want to make the right de­ci­sion with the right in­for­ma­tion,” Com­mis­sioner Chaz Tedesco said as the clock ticked to­ward 2: 30 a. m. Wed­nes­day.

More than 500 peo­ple at­tended Tues­day night’s meet­ing, and many had to lis­ten to the pro­ceed­ings in an over­flow room.

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