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Where do we go to reclaim the Roan Plateau?

November 21, 2014


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Today’s breaking news – Colorado Roan Plateau drilling battle leads to legal compromise The decade-long battle over drilling on western Colorado’s Roan Plateau — a lofty oasis rich in wildlife and natural gas — eased on Friday with federal and state officials announcing a legal settlement. Nearly all of the Bureau of Land Management leases […]

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Bob Arrington speaks out on GarCo birth defects

October 28, 2014

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The focus of the article below in Sunday’s Denver Post is on one midwife’s search for the answer to the question: why are there so many newborn deaths in Vernal, Utah? While it may seem as though Donna Young is the only person in Vernal who cares, there are researchers outside the region who do […]

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Cyclone Drilling worker killed near Parachute

October 24, 2014



An oil rigger’s wife speaks out about her husband’s tragic death … Sharon Hill says she found out about her husband’s death three hours after it happened on Facebook and the next morning a Cyclone Drilling employee dropped off his truck. She told us that Cyclone ruled his death an accidental and cause of death […]

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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



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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