Unified Development Code - Oil and Gas

Erie Unified Development Code - Oil and Gas Regulations

The Town of Erie is currently evaluating the expanded regulatory authority allowed under Senate Bill 19-181 to make amendments to the Unified Development Code related to oil and gas operations.

Goal Statement

"To implement current best practices of oil and gas operational standards by January 2020."

Staff Actions

Through collaboration with stakeholder groups, Board of Trustees, and community members we will deliver quality recommendations that focus on safety, health, welfare of residents while working with industry partners. 

Staff actions towards this current goal include:

  • Revise oil and gas regulations for adoption by Board of Trustees to ensure they protect public health safety, welfare and the environment and are reasonable, consistent with SB 181.
    • Prepare a public engagement process for public input during the revisions to the regulations
    • Provide draft moratorium extension language to the Board of Trustees with time required to revise the regulations and engage the public
  • Stay appraised of and work with neighboring communities to coordinate oil and gas regulatory efforts.
  • Increase utilization of technical consultants under direction of the local government designee.
  • Draft Erie oil and gas policy statement for the Board of Trustees to consider.
  • Develop priorities for addressing oil and gas issues including ongoing operations, proposed sites, and adjacent development.

Timeline

June 25, 2019
The Board of Trustees extended the temporary moratorium and will allow no Town approval of new oil and gas development. Town officials plan to evaluate the expanded regulatory authority allowed under Senate Bill 19-181 and develop amendments to the Unified Development Code related to oil and gas operations.

April 16, 2019 
The Governor signed Senate Bill 19-181, granting local governments express authority to regulate surface operations and nuisance impacts of oil and gas operations to better protect the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens and to safeguard the environment and wildlife resources.

January 22, 2019
The Board of Trustees adopted Ordinance 02-2019, extending the Temporary Moratorium through August 13, 2019.

July 10, 2018
The Board of Trustees voted to adopt Ordinance 20-2018, which imposed a Temporary Moratorium on the acceptance, processing, and approval of any application under the Unified Development Code related to oil and gas exploration, extraction, and related operations. During the Temporary Moratorium, the Town will investigate regulatory practices of other communities and began revisions to the Town’s regulations relating to oil and gas exploration, extraction, and related operations.