Broomfield To Debate Moratorium On Oil, Gas Development

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (CBS4) – Broomfield city leaders are expected to vote on whether to enact a 5-month moratorium on oil and gas development on Tuesday. That moratorium would impact a current plan to build 139 new horizontal hydraulic fracturing wells near homes.

As many as 1,000 people attended a city council meeting last month where people testified about giving the city more control over oil and gas development.

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Tuesday’s meeting is expected to be just as spirited as that meeting. The city doesn’t expect a vote to come in before midnight.

Denver-based Extraction Oil & Gas, which already has a agreement of understanding with the city of Broomfield, wants to build 139 new wells on four pad sites near the Anthem and Wildgrass neighborhoods.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Last year, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled against long-term fracking bans, but issued no opinion on “marginally shorter” bans. That has created legal ambiguity over whether it is constitutionally acceptable for a local government like Broomfield to enact a 5-month ban on oil and gas production.

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