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EXCLUSIVE: Evidence of another methane seep on West Divide Creek

October 22, 2014

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Guest post by Lisa Bracken In August, on our property, I noted the emergence of a new seep along the bank and discharging into the waters of West Divide Creek. I’ve been observing it since then and notified the COGCC and others of the activity on the 20th of this month. My correspondence with them […]

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Task force meeting/tour was “clearly a violation” of Sunshine Law

October 19, 2014

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As you recall on Thursday three members of Governor Hickenlooper’s and Congressman Jared Polis’s blue ribbon task force paid a visit to Battlement Mesa/Parachute. Task force co-chair Gwen Lachelt and members Sara Barwinski and Russell George were treated to a tour of 3 well pads. Before the tour, a meeting was held. The meeting wasn’t […]

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Task force members tour local gaspatch

October 17, 2014

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Today the Daily Sentinel reported that three members of Governor Hickenlooper’s task force visited Battlement Mesa and Parachute on Thursday (10/16). Task force co-chair Gwen Lachelt and members Sara Barwinski and Russell George were treated to “a tour that included an Ursa well pad just outside Battlement Mesa and two WPX pads inside the nearby […]

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Task force cancels Rifle meeting

October 11, 2014

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Governor Hickenlooper’s and Congressman Jared Polis’s blue ribbon oil & gas task force met in Durango on Thursday and Friday. The only decision they reached is that they will not meet in Rifle on November 5-6, as previously scheduled. The group decided to move to the Front Range to work in communities where fracking was […]

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Battlement Mesa residents alarmed at Ursa’s drilling plans

October 3, 2014

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The Ursa community meeting at Battlement Mesa/Parachute this week was decidedly more contentious than the Silt meeting. On Wednesday night, residents voiced their objections and offered recommendations in person and via written statement regarding the operator’s plans to drill inside the community’s PUD. Ursa plans to construct two well pads within the PUD boundaries. The […]

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Lightning sparked explosion, fire at Encana well pad

October 2, 2014

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Today The Daily Sentinel reported that lightning struck an Encana well pad located in the High Mesa area southwest of Parachute on Saturday, September 27. The lightning strike caused explosions and fires in two separate tanks. The amount of fluids released into the air and spilled onto the ground during the incident remains unclear. According […]

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Ursa drills 40 wells this year

October 1, 2014

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      Guest Post by Fiona Lloyd RSPN organizer and Silt Mesa resident   Ursa’s second community meeting of the year was held at the Fire House in Silt on Tuesday evening. As usual, Ursa generously supplied a variety of snacks from a local catering company. The ratio of Ursa employees to the public […]

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WSCOGA’s Ludlam loses his mind

September 17, 2014

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And in broad daylight no less. That’s right. West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association Executive Director David Ludlam actually wrote in a letter to the BLM and distributed it to reporters: “It is evident to WSCOGA members that the shifting Thompson Divide Area is a political concept created by wilderness advocates and not an […]

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Buh-bye Bill Barrett

September 17, 2014

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Denver’s Bill Barrett Corp. To Sell Some Properties, Pay Debt NEW YORK (AP) – Bill Barrett Corp. announced several deals on Tuesday that will net it about $568 million in cash and help lower its debt. The Denver-based oil and gas company said it is selling properties in the Powder River Basin, which is located […]

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More water test sites needed this week

September 8, 2014

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Dr. Susan Nagel from the University of Missouri is conducting a study on the link between fracking and endocrine disruption. She will be in the area September 9-15, to do water testing. However she still needs more water test sites. From Dr. Nagel: My research lab has recently found an association between hydraulic fracturing for […]

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