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Posted on: October 18, 2019

Oil and Gas update - October 18, 2019

Moratorium extension
On October 15, Lafayette City Council passed on first reading Ordinance No. 30, Series 2019, a 6-month extension of the City’s current oil and gas moratorium.  Originally approved in November 2017, the order places a moratorium on the submission, acceptance, processing, and approval of land use applications related to the exploration or extraction, and related operations and activities, of oil and gas.  This moratorium will be in place through May 2020.  

City Council deemed this action necessary in order to fully consider the Supreme Court decision in COGCC v. Martinez, the implementation of SB19-181, and the outcome of the COGCC and CAQCC rulemaking proceedings and how these decisions will impact the content, timing, and final preparation of Lafayette’s land use regulations pertaining to oil and gas operations; and

CDPHE/COGCC Study Release
On October 17, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), announced study results which examined the health impacts of air emissions from oil and gas pre-production operations. This study, conducted by Colorado State University with data reported in 2016, indicates that drilling and fracking of wells could cause health impacts in people as far away as 2,000 feet from a facility under worst-case weather conditions and peak emissions. This study confirms that acute health impacts from drilling and fracking exist beyond the COGCC’s current 1,500-foot well setback distances for pre-production operations. There are currently no drilling and fracking operations occurring in Lafayette. As a result, the concerns raised in the study only affect new or pending permits for pre-production drilling and fracking operations outside city limits.

The City'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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