Moratoriums draw fire from oil industry
"We are disappointed that the councils are moving quickly without all the relevant information," association President Tisha Conoly Schuller wrote in an email.
Loveland city councilors passed a nine-month moratorium on oil and natural-gas development Tuesday evening, while the Fort Collins City Council gave preliminary approval to its own temporary drilling ban.
Loveland's moratorium, passed as an emergency ordinance, takes effect immediately and lasts until Feb. 16. The drilling ban means the city will not accept any applications for oil and gas development.
Cities throughout the Front Range, including Erie, Longmont and Boulder, have passed similar moratoriums.
Loveland's ban follows requests by Centerra residents that the city enact a ban to prevent drilling in the area by Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
Mayor Cecil Gutierrez
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