July 20, 2016

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Battlement Mesa residents call on COGCC to protect drinking water

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By Emily Hornback, WCC Community Organizer Residents of Battlement Mesa spoke before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Tuesday, decrying the recent approval of 28 natural gas wells inside their community while calling on the Commission to take a harder look at another pending application to drill an additional 25 wells next to […]

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July 20, 2016

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New state rule fails to protect public health, safety and welfare

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My apologies to the folks in Battlement Mesa, I was unable to attend the COGCC meeting in Glenwood Springs on Tuesday due to prior commitments. I am undergoing intensive physical therapy to address the effects of nerve damage caused by prolonged exposure to toluene, and other unconventional oil & gas (UOG) drilling chemicals. In 2014, […]

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July 16, 2016

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Hope fades for Battlement Mesa residents

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The COGCC approved Ursa’s permit application for the BMC D Pad, the pad that is not located next to the Colorado River. It is one of two proposed well pads to be located inside the Battlement Mesa PUD. As the first real test of the new state rule regarding large urban mitigation area (UMA) facilities, […]

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July 15, 2016

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The time is now for Battlement Mesa

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After years of traveling to Denver to speak before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission about drilling in western Colorado, the ball is finally in our court as the COGCC will be holding their monthly meeting in Glenwood Springs next Tuesday, July 19. This could not have happened at a more important time as […]

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July 13, 2016

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Ursa offers residents a Sophie’s choice

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Local residents turned out in force for Ursa’s community meeting on Tuesday night in Battlement Mesa. They are concerned about the operator’s proposal to drill near Grand Valley High School which is located inside Parachute city limits, between I-70 and the Colorado River, and between Parachute and Battlement Mesa. Ursa plans to drill next to […]

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July 11, 2016

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Ursa’s Battlement Mesa permit applications are first test of new state rule

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If the average person isn’t confused by the ongoing Ursa vs. Battlement Mesa saga by now, then they are not paying attention. I’m so confused I fell for the Post Independent spin that Ursa’s recently proposed Lacy Park pad is the first test of the new state rule governing large urban mitigation area facilities. No, […]

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July 7, 2016

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Problems uncovered with Ursa pipeline proposal

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Guest post by Bob Arrington* On June 15, I sent a letter with several attachments to Mr. Joe Malloy, who is Chief of Pipeline Safety for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (COPUC). The purpose of my letter was to outline my concerns about Ursa’s pipeline proposal within the Battlement Mesa PUD. I also copied Matt […]

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July 7, 2016

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COGCC grants Ursa’s motion to delay Battlement Mesa hearings

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Last week, Ursa filed a motion with the COGCC to delay public hearings on their permit applications to build two well pads and a pipeline system inside the Battlement Mesa PUD. The hearing officer granted Ursa’s motion. The COGCC meeting will be held as scheduled in Glenwood Springs, July 18-20, but Ursa’s applications for drilling […]

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July 5, 2016

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Ursa plans to drill next to Grand Valley High School

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** Updated 7/12/16 — Definition of large UMA and CO setbacks** ** Updated 7/8/16 — See Correction below ** On June 13, Ursa Resources notified Garfield County about their plans for a proposed well pad — Lacy Park Pad — where 22 wells will be drilled. The well pad facility will be built about 645 […]

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June 29, 2016

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First biomonitoring study links fracking air pollution to human health risks

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Toxic Chemicals Linked To Natural Gas Operations Detected In The Bodies Of Pavillion, WY Residents Using Both Air Monitoring and New Biomonitoring Methods, Researchers Aim to Connect the Dots Between Air Emissions from Gas Operations and Human Health Impacts Read the report: When the Wind Blows: Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Gas Fields and Impacted Communities […]

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