No. The moratorium is meant to allow the City to identify and create best management practices regarding how it permits oil and gas activities. It’s important to remember that cities can only grant surface land use approval for oil and gas development. Those approvals must factor in a variety of components including the impact oil and gas operations will have on residential development, water supplies, air quality, emergency management, traffic, and roads. These are among the areas the City is studying to determine if changes to its regulations are necessary.
Applications to drill oil and gas wells are also approved by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.