DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - La Plata County commissioners are exploring the possibility of a moratorium on shale oil well drilling.
Commissioners brought up the possibility of a moratorium on Wednesday to study the issue after Houston-based Swift Energy Resources filed two applications with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to drill two exploratory horizontal wells in western La Plata County.
According to the Durango Herald, commissioners are concerned because shale oil wells extend much farther laterally and are fracked multiple times, requiring much more water than coal-bed methane wells that dot the county.
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