Lafayette Gives Initial Approval to Yearlong Drilling Ban

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Lafayette’s City Council approved a yearlong stay on new drilling applications within city limits on Tuesday night.

Merrily Mazza was the sole council member voting against the ordinance.

If officially sanctioned next month — on second reading — the moratorium would preempt new oil and gas development until late 2018, unless officials iron out new regulations before then, they said.

The ordinance would halt the “submission, acceptance, processing, and approval … of all land use applications, including all special use review applications” aimed at the “exploration or extraction, and related operations and activities, of oil and gaseous materials.”

It would also include pending applications and applications to “expand the scope of existing special use review approvals.”

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