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Boulder County extending drilling moratorium

BOULDER, Colo. — Boulder County is extending a ban on new oil and gas development in unincorporated parts of the county.

The moratorium had been set to end on Jan. 1 but county commissioners voted Thursday to continue it for another 3 ½ years.

The Longmont Times-Call reported that the vote drew applause from about 50 people who gathered for the meeting.

Commissioners still have to adopt a formal resolution in the coming weeks to officially extend the ban through June 30, 2018.

There are currently 194 active oil and gas wells in unincorporated areas and county open space in Boulder County.

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