Boulder County urged to continue drilling ban

Photo: Colorado fracking (AP Photo)
In this March 25, 2014 photo, workers talk during a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad in Weld County, near Boulder County. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” can greatly increase the productivity of an oil or oil well by splitting open rock with water and/or sand pumped underground at high pressure.

Boulder County commissioners are being urged to continue a ban on new oil and gas development in unincorporated parts of the county.

The moratorium is set to end on Jan. 1, 2015 and commissioners plan to vote Thursday on whether to continue it.

The Daily Camera reports that more than 100 people attended a hearing on the moratorium Monday in Longmont and none of them spoke in favor of lifting it.

The group Frack-Free Boulder is asking commissioners to extend the moratorium until at least 2018, the year after a National Science Foundation-funded study on drilling impacts is expected to be completed at the University of Colorado.

There are currently 194 active oil and gas wells in unincorporated areas and county open space.


Information from: The Daily Camera