Aug 29, 2012 11:04 AM by Lauren Molenburg

Erie ends moratorium on oil and gas drilling

ERIE, Colorado (AP) - The Erie Board of Trustees has allowed a six-month moratorium on new oil and gas operations to expire after agreement was reached on tough new regulations.

The agreements with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Encana Oil & Gas passed 6-1 at a meeting on Tuesday.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, opponents wanted the moratorium extended until state health officials finish an air quality study at a well site near an elementary school.

New requirements include berms to contain spills, air protection equipment and a ban on hazardous drilling chemicals.

State regulators say the requirements are reasonable and can be enforced.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)



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