Boulder County commissioners Thursday voted to extend the county’s moratorium on processing oil and gas permit applications — in place since February 2012 — through the end of January on an “emergency” basis.

The time will allow county staff to look into a number of issues the commissioners want more information about, with an eye toward incorporating them into the regulations.

Among the issues:

  • Financial statements, bonding and other evidence that an oil and gas company seeking to operate in the county is financially able to safely operate and clean up its facilities.
  • Additional environmental testing of air, water, and soil, including testing before and during production.

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