Input received for proposed Oil and Gas Regulations
From April 2 through April 15, 2018, the City of Lafayette accepted public input on proposed oil and gas regulations that would, if enacted by City Council, update Lafayette’s existing Land Use Regulations. Submitted comments may be viewed by clicking on the link below. Public comment will also be accepted at a yet to be scheduled public hearing before the Lafayette City Council in conjunction with formal consideration by Council.
The City of Lafayette is extremely concerned about the potential negative impacts of oil and gas development and supports the use of any and all appropriate local control tools to protect its inhabitants and the environment from those impacts.
The Proposed Oil and Gas Regulations maximize the City's authority to regulate land use activities - one of the few local control tools available to municipalities under current state law - to protect our residents and the environment from adverse impacts of oil and gas development. These regulations are modeled after Boulder County's recently enacted oil and gas regulations, which apply to oil and gas operations on unincorporated areas adjacent to Lafayette. They are believed to be the most stringent and protective local regulations in Colorado. They are comprehensive and contain thorough subjective mitigation plan requirements, while being crafted in a manner to be legally defensible.
The Lafayette City Council is dedicated to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of residents from the potential impacts of oil and gas operations, and are exploring many fronts to address the pending 8 North LLC applications. The City of Lafayette's Oil and Gas Information and Resources webpage provides a number of resources for residents looking to gather information including;
* A timeline of actions being taken by Lafayette City Council to address potential oil and gas issues in Lafayette
* Oil and gas FAQs
* Lafayette well maps
* Public participation at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC)
* Also included on this page is a link to the Boulder County Oil and Gas Development webpage.