Ursa moves to drill 53 wells in Battlement Mesa

Battlement Mesa community meetingBCC Community Meeting on Ursa’s Drilling Proposal
Monday, August 31
6:00 p.m.
Grand Valley Fire District in Battlement Mesa, Colorado

WCClogo_slogan_color rgbGuest post by Emily Hornback,
Western Colorado Congress organizer

After more than two years of meetings and negotiations, Ursa Resources initiated the permitting process to drill 53 wells within the community of Battlement Mesa.

In June, Ursa submitted a preliminary land use application to Garfield County to drill 53 natural gas wells on two pads and to construct an associated pipeline system in the southwestern quadrant of the community. The application was recently deemed technically complete by Garfield County Community Development Director Fred Jarman and will be available for public review prior to a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in Glenwood Springs on September 23rd.

To prepare for this hearing and the public process, WCC is working with Battlement Mesa residents to host a community meeting on August 31st.

“This is the moment we have been anticipating for many years,” said Dave Devanney of Battlement Concerned Citizens (BCC). “We know this is just the beginning of the process with more documents to come. But now is the time for Battlement Mesa residents to join with us to make our concerns known and do what we can to limit the potential harm from this proposal.”

He went on to say, “We hope that other stakeholders and decision makers are prepared to review this document with the well-being of Battlement Mesa residents foremost in their minds. No application should be accepted that does not adequately protect the health , environment and quality of life of our community.”

This application is the start of “Phase One” in a comprehensive drilling plan within Battlement Mesa, a plan with four phases but an unknown lifespan of impacts for the residents. The full plan will drill an estimated 94 wells on five pads from within the community. Numerous pipelines and injection wells will also be built to move the gas and dispose of waste water.

Map of the two well pads in “Phase 1” of Ursa’s proposal to develop minerals under Battlement Mesa. The closest residence is within 579 feet.

Map of the two well pads in “Phase 1” of Ursa’s proposal to develop minerals under Battlement Mesa. The closest residence is within 579 feet.

Ursa has been hosting a series of community meetings to try and address people’s concerns about the development of a large scale industrial facility in their neighborhood, however residents are still unhappy with the proposal are not convinced that Ursa is justified in drilling inside Battlement Mesa’s boundaries.

BCC’s specific concerns about the current application range from health and safety issues to general worries about their quality of life. Particularly concerning is the proximity of one of the pads to the community’s water intake on the Colorado River. Noise is also an issue, as the permit states that Ursa will be held to industrial noise standards even though the development is occurring within an area zoned residential.

These issues, as well as concerns about community consultation, traffic, emergency response, and air quality monitoring will be at the heart of BCC’s comments on this application.

Join us on August 31st at the Grand Valley Fire Station to learn more! Refreshments will be served at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited.

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7 Comments on “Ursa moves to drill 53 wells in Battlement Mesa”

  1. frackfiles Says:

    See what it’s like living in a “Sacrifice Zone”. Trust me you don’t want this to happen to your community.

    Well Site Projects in Greeley, CO

    #1 T-Bone Wells 32nd St & 50th Ave (10) wells*
    http://cogcc.state.co.us/cogis/FacilityDetail.asp?facid=423341&type=LOCATION

    #2 DCP Midstream Gas Processing Plant –
    35th Ave & 49th St. next to affordable housing development & across from Greeley water reclamation facility

    #3 Greeley Directional 28th St. & 1st Ave (58) wells*
    http://cogcc.state.co.us/cogis/FacilityDetail.asp?facid=332837&type=LOCATION

    #4 No longer visible

    #5 Island Grove Directional 11th Ave & F St. (28) wells*
    http://cogcc.state.co.us/cogis/FacilityDetail.asp?facid=423393&type=LOCATION

    #6 Hiner (east of Spanish Town) 33rd Ave, & O St (8) wells* http://cogcc.state.co.us/cogis/FacilityDetail.asp?facid=432252&type=LOCATION

    #7 C Street Directional – C St. & 26th Ave Ct. (32) wells*
    http://cogcc.state.co.us/cogis/FacilityDetail.asp?facid=430474&type=LOCATION

    #8 Best Way Directional – 4thSt, & 37th Ave. (40) wells*
    http://cogcc.state.co.us/cogis/FacilityDetail.asp?facid=423325&type=LOCATION

    #9 Northridge Directional 65th Ave & 3rd St. (7) wells*
    http://cogcc.state.co.us/cogis/FacilityDetail.asp?facid=333286&type=LOCATION

    #10 SRC AIMS 16th St. & 47 Ave (15) wells* http://cogcc.state.co.us/cogis/FacilityDetail.asp?facid=425853&type=L OCATION

    *Well site counts are based on Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission data
    Source: COGCC COGIS database
    Excerpts from “Tour of Destruction” Sacrifice Zone U.S.A. – What you don’t want happening in your community.

    Cherish and preserve these important words –

    “That government of the people, by the people,
    for the people shall not perish from the earth.”
    Abraham Lincoln November 19, 1863

  2. Mary Russell Says:

    The only way to have a say about what sorts of businesses set up shops in your community is to learn about and then to decide whether you support creating a Community Bill of Rights for your municipality, which could then include rights for natural persons and nature, above corporate rights already granted in our state constitution. All the hearings and community meetings are held to make everyone, including you, feel like your opinions matter to their decisions. They don’t, never have, and never will.

    Learn more by going to http://www.celdf.org, http://www.cocrn.org, and listen to David Barsamian’s Alternative Radio episode on Local Governance with Paul Cienfuegos, broadcast on KDNK last Sunday: http://theleap.thischangeseverything.org/in-colorado-a-revolutionary-new-coalition-stands-for-community-rights/

    Regulatory agencies were created by industry in order to allow them to regulate their business in their best interest (financial profit) not the communities they do business in. Most importantly, regulations restrict local citizens from objecting outright to activity that has already been preempted by state laws, without the awareness of citizens of Colorado. COGA, for example, is not regulated by any state or federal agency, nor are their regulations enforced by any agency.

    Decisions about how land is used within our communities are made by people in government, who themselves are not governed.

    A form of self-governance was part of the original US Constitution, but when the second Constitution was ratified in 1791, those rights to self governance were removed. If the federal government acted strictly on the articles of Confederation and the US Bill of Rights, Preemption, Dillon’s Rule, the Commerce Clause and Corporate Personhood would never have come about, and we would not be sitting where we are today, with our hands tightly tied behind our backs.

    Support the Community Rights Amendment and allow communities to determine what goes on in their communities, by enacting laws that provide STRONGER protections for natural persons (not corporate personhood) and nature.

    Read, watch and learn about this initiative, then decide what you prefer. Being sued by your governor for protecting your community from toxic businesses, or doing nothing and being ground zero for any and every business who wants to use up all of our natural resources, for personal profit, leaving little in return.

    http://www.cocrn.org
    http://www.celdf.org

  3. Peggy Tibbetts Says:

    However the first real test of the Community Rights Amendment in Oregon has not passed legal muster.

    http://www.capitalpress.com/Oregon/20150715/local-gmo-control-initiative-faces-setback

    Local GMO control initiative faces setback

    A ballot initiative that would overturn Oregon laws pre-empting local control over GMOs and pesticides was found by state attorneys to make overly broad changes to the Oregon Constitution.

    A proposed ballot initiative to overturn statewide pre-emption laws for biotech crops and pesticides in Oregon has been dealt a legal setback.

    Under the “Right to Local, Community Self-Government” initiative, counties and cities would be immune from Oregon’s pre-emption statutes, allowing them to regulate issues currently under the state’s sole jurisdiction.

    Proponents have gathered more than 1,000 signatures in favor of the initiative, which was enough to begin the ballot title drafting process for the 2016 general election.

    However, the Oregon Secretary of State’s office recently rejected the initiative for making overly broad revisions to the Oregon Constitution.

    Specifically, the initiative would “effectuate fundamental constitutional changes to the structure and division of powers of state and local governments” and alter the power of the legislative and executive branches, according to state attorneys. Such a sweeping “revision” can’t be accomplished with a ballot initiative, they said.

    A revision of the Oregon Constitution must instead be approved by two-thirds of both legislative chambers before a referral to voters, said Paul Diller, a law professor at Willamette University.

    The initiative was also rejected for making multiple changes to the Oregon Constitution that weren’t closely related …

  4. Anita Sherman Says:

    If I were oil and gas, I would invest a lot of money funding an organization like CEDLF that does everything BUT defend constitutional rights. Give me one freaking court case where CEDLF defending constitutional rights. There are none! Only initiatives selling “new rights” the undermine the rights we already have. When one takes a hard look at all the CEDLF/CRN initiatives with claims to enhance rights it’s amazing how many have been bounced by the state because the claims are erroneous and change the fundamental structure of state governance. Especially, when most initiatives written wouldn’t pass the US Constitution’s Supremacy clause. Guess what? Individuals do not need an “organization” like CEDLF to defend their Sovereign rights. It’s a problem for CoCRN on the western slope. Too many people understand Colorado and the US Constitution to be bamboozled by Linzey and crew.

  5. Mary Russell Says:

    CEDLF? It appears you haven’t learned who they are, as you are unable to name them correctly.

    I am grateful to all the Suffragists and Civil Rights leaders and believers for their unstoppable belief in their ability to overturn unjust constitutional amendments. Without their efforts to persevere when confronted with opposition, including terrifying threats and murder (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), we fine women wouldn’t even be having these conversations, and we wouldn’t have a second-term black president.

    We will all carry on with our own efforts, and I will continue to do so without slinging cow patties.

  6. R.Vottero Says:

    198 wells in Greeley over a period of years tis apparent which entities have the final say the inhabitants are left to suck up the effluent of a dirty and dangerous industry. Texas is an example of this industry. Will Colorful Colorado now be another example of the citizens being listened to and then being ignored and suffering the known consequences ?

  7. Anita Sherman Says:

    Mary get over yourself. Who gives a shit how Linzey and crew’s organization is spelled. The organizations you’re pawning off as focused on “civil rights” do everything but defend them. If the organization had any credibility I might take the time to spell it correctly. Take a civics lesson. You’re like a hungry trout that snaps at every fly waved in front of your face in the name of “civil rights”.

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