County extends moratoriums
BY AUSTIN F LESKES LOVELAND REPORTER-HERALD
As Larimer County continues to rework the county's land use code, including oil and gas and 1041 permitting, county commissioners unanimously decided to extend the moratoriums for permits, in a ruling just two days before they would have expired, April 15.
All three commissioners voted to extend the moratomembers riums, extending the oil and gas permit moratorium to Sept. 15, and extending the 1041 permit application moratorium to Dec. 15.
The county commissioners placed the moratoriums on the two types of permits on March 16 and at the time Lesli Ellis, community development director, said the moratoriums would prevent potential applicants from rushing to apply before the new, and possibly stricter, rules are implemented.
The county is currently in phase II of updating the Larimer County Land Use Code, with completion expected in September.
During a land use hearing Tuesday afternoon, the commissioners heard from Ellis about the permits as well as from community on their thoughts about whether the moratoriums should be extended.
Many who called in to approve of the continuation of the moratoriums said the extra time will not only provide the commissioners more time to finish regulation changes, but will also have an impact on the environment as a whole.
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Forkes-Gudmundson, deputy director of the League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradans, thanked commissioners for placing the moratoriums in the first place and said continuing them will provide more time to better change regulations.
“Nothing breeds uncertainty like applications being considered while the rules that govern that consideration are in flux,” he said.
Alida Villatoro said the dangers caused by oil and gas work should be considered with the moratoriums and general oil and gas work in the county.
“Instead of trying to preserve outdated jobs, we need to move forward into the future with green technologies that will preserve our precious water and air,” Villatoro said.
Cory Carroll, a physician in Fort Collins, said that while many callers said they were concerned about jobs and businesses impacted by the moratoriums, he is more concerned about his patients and what the work of oil and gas can do to citizens.
“I look at cleaning up Colorado, cleaning up our air,