The public hearing on Timnath’s Proposed Interim Oil and Gas Ordinance, originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 23rd at 6:00 p.m., has been canceled.
On April 3, 2019, the Colorado General Assembly passed an oil and gas bill (“SB 181”) that shifts regulatory responsibility and authority in the State of Colorado and specifically authorizes increased local regulation in the oil and gas arena. SB 181 also imposes a moratorium on the issuance of drilling permits by the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission (COGCC ) as they work out details associated with this legislation.
The passage of this state legislature is critical to the Town of Timnath, potentially affecting how the Town will regulate oil and gas requests in the future. For this reason, staff is recommended that Town Council consider an administrative suspension for consideration of any oil and gas permits for 90 days. Although no permits have been submitted at this time, the administrative suspension allows staff time to better understand the legislative changes to determine what local regulations are needed to protect and preserve the Timnath community.
This means that the first and second reading of the original oil and gas ordinance and the public hearing that was originally scheduled for April 23 is canceled. We will provide an updated public comment date and information as appropriate.