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The city of Aurora is updating the Aurora Municipal Code with regulations and Best Management Practices (BMPs) related to oil and gas. All oil and gas regulations will be contained in a new document titled "Oil & Gas Manual." The Aurora Municipal Code will be updated to refer to the Oil & Gas Manual for regulations pertaining to oil and gas.

The draft regulations are available for review. The public comment period on the Draft Oil & Gas Manual has now ended. Virtual town halls took place in July to provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions.

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The draft regulations were originally included in two City Council-approved operator agreements in 2019. Following the creation of the city’s new Oil & Gas Division earlier this year, future oil and gas operators will apply for permits through the city’s normal development process, which is the same for all industries. This means routine updates of regulations will apply equally to all future oil and gas operators, providing greater protection of public health, safety, welfare and the environment.

The City of Aurora, along with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), jointly regulate oil and gas development within City limits through permits. These permits cover such aspects of oil and gas operations as location, buffers, stormwater management, water connections, fluid disposal, groundwater quality and air monitoring, operations, emergency response, dust suppression, wildlife impact mitigation, and truck traffic along with road maintenance.

While the state is promulgating new rules as a result of Senate Bill 181, the city has entered into operator agreements with a few oil and gas operators in order to implement thorough Best Management Practices (BMPs). All applications to the City undergo a comprehensive land development review while remaining in conformance with existing local, state, and federal regulations.

Maps of oil and gas permits in the city and the state can be accessed by clicking on the icons to the right.

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