“Lafayette may again extend drilling moratorium as Legislature mulls new rules” – The Daily Camera

By Anthony Hahn, The Daily Camera 1/6/19

“Lafayette’s temporary drilling moratorium could soon extend into an 18th month.”

“City leaders in the coming weeks are poised to prolong the twice-extended oil and gas stay ahead of its February expiration while a new Democratic Legislature reexamines state regulations. If approved, the embargo would expire in May.”

“An extension ‘would be appropriate given the things we anticipate happening at the state Legislature,’ Lafayette City Attorney Dave Williamson said Tuesday.”

“And as legislators begin to mull changes at the state level, Lafayette is still eyeing an overhaul to its own roughly 25-year-old drilling rules.”

“City officials say the language is likely to return in front of leaders later this year, though the exact date or wording is unknown.”

“The iteration last available to the public indicated the new rules would include the mapping of flow lines throughout the city, setback requirements, community engagement, and ground- and air-pollution mitigation.”

“’I think strategically the oil and gas people are going to have their eyes on the Legislature and not on us,’ outgoing Lafayette City Administrator Gary Klaphake told council members earlier this week.”

“’Take the moratorium because their eyes are big and bugged out looking at the state house. We’re small potatoes to what they’re up against.’”

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