Adams County Lifts Ban on Oil and Gas Permits

DENVER (AP) – Adams County has lifted its temporary ban on new permits for oil and gas drilling after voters last week rejected a ballot proposal to restrict new wells. With a 3-1 vote Tuesday, the Adams County commissioners lifted the temporary ban that had been imposed on Oct. 30. The moratorium had been passed before the outcome was known about a ballot measure that would have dramatically increased the setbacks for oil and gas wells from buildings and waterways. The county imposed the temporary ban because it was concerned that had the measure passed, there could have been an influx of new permits from companies trying to get approval before the new setbacks became law.