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Adams County Halts Drilling Permits Due To Ballot Measure

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A drill rig near Longmont, Colo.

A Colorado county won't issue new permits for oil and gas drilling because of a pending ballot proposal that would restrict new wells.

The Adams County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve the temporary moratorium for unincorporated areas through November. They are concerned that there would be a rush of new applications if Proposition 112 is approved by voters because there would be a delay until it would take effect.

Proposition 112 would require wells on private property to be at least 2,500 feet (762 meters) from homes and schools. Regulators say that would close over four (1.6 hectares) of every five non-federal acres (2 hectares) to drilling

The number of drilling permit applications is up dramatically statewide from last year.

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