June 5, 2012
The Fort Collins City Council on Tuesday rejected a proposed moratorium on accepting land-use applications for oil and gas development in the city on a tie vote.
Some council members said they felt uncomfortable with the moratorium because it was not needed given the limited amount of oil and gas drilling that is likely to happen within city limits.
Others said a moratorium would give the city breathing space to develop regulations within the limits of state law that would protect the city’s interests as well as those of its residents.
But Mayor Karen Weitkunat noted the city has received no applications for oil drilling and is not likely to see the type of development pressure that is occurring elsewhere, such as in Weld County.
“I don’t think there is a threat,” she said.