Erie enacts moratorium on drilling through 2018

Author: Associated Press - July 12, 2018 - Updated: July 12, 2018

A prairie dog scampers in a field located near the Pratt oil and gas wells in Weld County near Erie on Feb. 7. (Andy Colwell for Colorado Politics)

ERIE — Erie approved a halt on any new drilling plans for the remainder of the year, suggesting the Colorado town’s leadership will likely look to overhaul its oil and gas regulations in the near future.

The Daily Camera reports Erie’s Board of Trustees approved the six-month moratorium on Tuesday.

Erie Mayor Jennifer Carroll says the stay will give the board a moment to examine its current operator agreements with specific drilling firms, as well as its current drilling codes, which were last updated in 2015.

The Ordinance language says the moratorium will expire on Jan. 11, “unless sooner repealed.”

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