The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Jen­nifer Rios

The Broom­field City Coun­cil on Tues­day re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion as it took the first step in ap­prov­ing a tem­po­rary mora­to­rium that would halt new oil and gas drilling, hy­draulic frac­tur­ing and pro­cess­ing ap­pli­ca­tions un­til June.

A pub­lic hear­ing and sec­ond read­ing of the or­di­nance will take place Jan. 10. Ap­proval would halt oil and gas ac­tiv­ity un­til June 13.

Ex­trac­tion Oil & Gas Inc. plans to build up to 141 wells on four sites. In pre­vi­ous meet­ings the com­pany in­di­cated it would build 20 to 24 wells per site, City and County At­tor­ney Bill Tuthill said.

Broom­field of­fi­cials say a mora­to­rium will give staff mem­bers time to re­view land use reg­u­la­tions re­lated to oil and gas de­vel­op­ment and po­ten­tial com­mu­nity im­pacts.

Broom­field’s reg­u­la­tions for oil and gas land use ap­pli­ca­tions and op­er­a­tions were last up­dated in 2013.

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