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Lafayette officials to probe more local control over oil, gas pipelines

June 14, 2017

Lafayette News,

Anthony Hahn,

June 6, 2017-

Lafayette City Council members could push for more local control over where and how oil and gas pipelines operate within their borders in the coming months, officials suggested Tuesday night. Following a presentation from Josh Joswick, a community organizer with the Earthworks Oil and Gas Accountability Project, council members mused about drafting legislation on how to regulate existing wells within the city.

Lafayette currently has only nine wells, according to officials. “I think we have to draft an ordinance that gives us some power legislatively to require documentation (regarding information surrounding oil and gas development),” City Manager Gary Klaphake said Tuesday night. Joswick has traveled around Boulder County in recent days to urge residents and officials to do more to regulate pipelines.

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