Denver Post: Arapahoe County considers 6-month drilling moratorium as Aurora residents worry about fracking near reservoir

April 11, 2023

Although it’s been a while since local officials in Colorado placed a halt on oil and gas drilling, commissioners in Arapahoe County on Tuesday will consider passing a six-month moratorium on new well permits in one of the state’s most robust places for energy extraction.

The potential drilling delay, which would give the county time to refine recent oil and gas regulations, comes as Denver-based Civitas Resources rolls out plans for 174 new wells on a stretch of land owned by the Colorado State Land Board just east of the Aurora city line, in unincorporated Arapahoe County.

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