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Proposed Shirley Basin moratorium on energy development fails 2-3


December 15, 2021

After three meetings and months of discussion, a potential moratorium on energy development from the Board of Carbon County Commissioners (BOCCC) in the Shirley Basin failed by a vote of 2-3 on December 7.

The split vote from the county commissioners came after multiple individuals from Medicine Bow spoke out against the moratorium. Prior to the vote by the BOCCC, Chairman John Johnson allowed members of the public to comment on the potential action. Before the comments, however, Carbon County Attorney Ashley-Mayfield Davis provided some background on the potential action.

“For the public...

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