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Posted on: April 19, 2018

Oil and Gas activity update - April 19

On April 17, 2018, Council approved the first reading of a 90-day extension on the City’s existing oil and gas moratorium. Second reading is expected to be considered at the May 1, 2018 meeting.

In November 2017, Lafayette City Council passed Ordinance No. 43, Series 2017, imposing a 6-month moratorium on the submission, acceptance, processing and approval of any and all land use applications related to the use of property within the City for the exploration or extraction, and related operations and activities, of oil and gaseous materials. This moratorium is scheduled to expire on May 18, 2018.

Since the enactment of the original moratorium, Lafayette legal counsel and staff have been directly involved and participated in the recently adopted Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s (COGCC) flowline rulemaking.  Additionally, Lafayette has engaged special legal counsel to assist the City’s staff in preparing proposed regulations to address land use related to oil and gas development.  These proposed regulations were presented to community stakeholders and interested parties for comments prior to formal action by City Council.

Based upon the timing and processing of this information and current schedules, City Council anticipates it will be in a position to consider an ordinance enacting revised oil and gas land use regulations in late June or early July of 2018, and requires this short moratorium extension to facilitate completion of these activities.

The Lafayette City Council is dedicated to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of residents from the potential impacts of oil and gas operations, and are exploring many fronts to address the pending 8 North LLC applications. The City of Lafayette's Oil and Gas Information and Resources webpage provides a number of resources for residents looking to gather information including;

* A timeline of actions being taken by Lafayette City Council to address potential oil and gas issues in Lafayette

* Oil and gas FAQs

* Lafayette well maps

* Public participation at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC)

* Also included on this page is a link to the Boulder County Oil and Gas Development webpage.
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