Oil and gas operators must map pipelines throughout Erie, trustees say

Daily Camera (Boulder): Erie’s Board of Trustees approved an ordinance on Tuesday evening that will require oil and gas operators to map their pipelines throughout the town — only months after similar legislation fell along party lines at the state Capital.

The measure was approved on second reading Tuesday by a vote of 5-1; Trustee Dan Woog was the sole “no” vote, while Trustee Scott Charles was absent.

It will require operators to provide maps of existing and new flow lines — a process similar to how traditional development is proposed, allowing for municipalities to eventually file injunctions on operating wells if operators were unwilling to provide maps, according to attorneys specializing in oil and gas matters.

Because the ordinance falls within the town’s land-use code, it was required to filter through the town’s typical development procedures, officials say. Erie’s Planning Commission approved an early draft of the ordinance last month.

Some tweaks were made to the ordinance prior to the vote, which followed a roughly 1 ½ -hour executive session held specifically for the ordinance. The date to enact the measure was changed to Oct. 31, and will give operators until that date to remove flow lines in violation “if such a removal is practicable” by that date, officials said.

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