After a hiatus, it appears policy surrounding regulation of development that could affect the Casper Aquifer will be a recurring part of the news cycle in Laramie and Albany County.

During an emergency meeting on Monday, the Albany County Commission issued a temporary moratorium on construction and other development in Albany County’s Aquifer Overlay Zone. The proposed ban came amid fears by county officials that existing regulations are inadequate to protect Laramie’s key water source. The emergency resolution followed Albany County Attorney Peggy Trent’s plans to dismiss a lawsuit against Tumbleweed Express, a gas station on the east side of town whose construction work the county had sought to block through court action.

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