The Boulder County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Thursday to pass strengthened rules and regulations for oil and gas development, making it the county with the strictest fracking regulations in the state of Colorado.
Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones said the updated regulations will be “the strongest in the state.”
Elise Jones was elected to the Board of County Commissioners in 2012 and again in 2016. Her current term continues through early January 2021. For 2019, Elise is the Chair of the Board.
The new regulations also require renewable energy use by the oil and gas industry, financial assurances for the cost and risk of oil and gas operations and stricter noise, odor and air quality monitoring.
“350 Boulder County members and allies will continue to demand that fracking is ultimately banned.”
On April 17, 2018, the Colorado communities of Boulder County, San Miguel County, and the City of Boulder — with legal support from EarthRights International, the Hannon Law Firm, and Niskanen Center — filed a lawsuit against Suncor and ExxonMobil, two oil companies with significant responsibility for climate change.