Colorado city council puts 6-month moratorium on oil, gas

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado city council has extended a moratorium on oil and gas projects as it works on updates to local regulations.

The Daily Camera reported the Broomfield City Council voted Tuesday to extend an existing moratorium for another six months.

The original moratorium ended Wednesday and the extended suspension is scheduled through June 4.

Officials say the council is continuing to gather community feedback while drafting oil and gas and land use regulations.

Officials say an additional six months should give the city sufficient time to review and revise regulations.

Broomfield officials are evaluating a study released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment discussing health impacts from oil and gas operations.

A Colorado Petroleum Council official says it opposes the extended moratorium, noting that industry representatives were assured six months ago that Broomfield's suspension would be temporary.