Tuesday evening, February 9
, the Adams County Commissioners held a study session with ACCDAN and the American Petroleum Institute (API). At the conclusion of the study session the commissioners voted 3 to 2 to take a 6 week time out from issuing oil and gas permits and signing MOUs in urban growth areas (largely the western half of the county) to get advice from their newly hired counsel. More specifically, per the county's statement:
Commencing February 9, 2016 and for a six-week period, Adams County will not be signing new oil and gas Memorandums of Understanding or processing new applications for oil and gas special use permits if the proposed development is within the designated municipal growth boundaries of Adams County and the development is within 1,500 feet of a home or public building. Any development with currently vested rights will not be impacted by this action.
Once the AdCo regulations and MOU have been reviewed by the newly hired legal counsel, we anticipate the commissioners will vote on whether or not they should reopen the current MOU to incorporate greater protections for neighborhoods. During the recent study session, ACCDAN presented very specific measures we would like to see incorporated into the county's oil and gas permitting process. We are requesting that the entire county be given the same protections we are asking for in the Wadley Farms community. Please click here to view the ACCDAN slide presentation from 2/9. Or visit the Adams County website to find the YouTube recording of the meeting.