Statement on Boulder County’s 9-Month Emergency Moratorium


Contacts: Anne Lee Foster, Colorado Rising, (757) 870-5102,

Statement on Boulder County’s 9-Month Emergency Moratorium

DENVER — On Friday, June 28th, the Boulder County Commissioners voted to enacted a 9-month emergency moratorium on new oil and gas development and seismic testing in the county.

Anne Lee Foster, Communications Director for Colorado Rising, the grassroots citizen group behind Prop 112, said: “Boulder makes at minimum the eighth Colorado community to enact an emergency moratorium on oil and gas permitting in light of SB-181. This is further proof that there is still much to be determined as to how SB-181 will be implemented and government authorities need time to properly execute. Particularly with regulations still unsure at the state level, these eight communities are leading by example in taking the appropriate time to ensure they are effectively protecting public health and safety from large-scale industrial development within their borders. The state would be wise to take similar measures while completing rulemaking to account for cumulative impacts, the climate crisis and other potential harms to health, safety, welfare, and the environment.”

Communities that have enacted moratoria include Erie, Adams County, Broomfield, Berthoud, Timnath, Superior, and Lafayette. We have also heard Severance has enacted a moratorium as well but have not been able to confirm.


Colorado Rising is powering the grassroots movement to protect public health & safety from dangerous oil & gas operations.

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