BROOMFIELD COULD HAVE OIL, GAS DELAY
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.