Boulder County commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a new set of oil and gas regulations, just days before the county’s existing moratorium on accepting permit applications expires on Friday.

As of Monday evening, staff and individual comments were expected to last about 90 minutes, starting at noon on Tuesday at the Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl St.

The county’s objective, according to its announcement about the public hearing, is to have regulations that “protect public health, safety, welfare, and the environment to the maximum extent permitted by law.”

Among the worries raised by Boulder County residents are “health problems, air pollution, water contamination, noise, odor, vibration, property damage, and other impacts that may be caused by oil and gas development, particularly the extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking.”

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