August 31 public meeting on residential drilling in Battlement Mesa

Drilling pad and sound wall next to a home on the outskirts of Battlement Mesa. Ursa Resources is now moving to drill within the community.

Drilling pad and sound wall next to a home on the outskirts of Battlement Mesa. Ursa Resources is now moving to drill within the community. [Source: Western Colorado Congress]

Battlement Mesa plan set for review; citizens preparing

A proposal by Ursa Resources to drill some 53 wells in the unincorporated community of Battlement Mesa is scheduled for consideration by the Garfield County Planning Commission starting Sept. 23.

Ahead of that, the Battlement Concerned Citizens group has scheduled a meeting this Monday to discuss the proposal with the community.

“Although Ursa has held meetings to explain their plans, we felt our Battlement neighbors should also have a ‘citizen’s view’ of what this proposed large-scale industrial development of drilling and injection wells means to our community,” Doug Saxton, co-chair of Battlement Concerned Citizens, said in a news release from the Western Colorado Congress. “Most residents are just not aware of the size and scope of Ursa’s project in Battlement Mesa” …

… Dave Devanney, chair of Battlement Concerned Citizens, said in the release that concerned citizens appreciate how hard Ursa is working to mitigate impacts from the pads, but an initial review of Ursa’s proposal indicates the group’s “main concerns have not been resolved.”

The group’s attorney, Matt Sura, said state rules require multi-well production facilities to be located as far as possible from residential areas, and Ursa’s application lacks an analysis proving that no other pad location is possible.

Don Simpson, an Ursa vice president, disputes BCC’s characterization of the project as large-scale development, saying it doesn’t meet that definition under Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission rules …

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Join us August 31st for a community meeting about large scale oil and gas development in Battlement Mesa.

BCC Community Meeting on Ursa’s Drilling Proposal
Monday, August 31
6:00 p.m.
Grand Valley Fire District
124 Stone Quarry Road
Battlement Mesa, Colorado

Refreshments will be served at 6:00 p.m.
Meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited.

Ursa Resouces has submitted three land use applications to develop two pads, drill approximately 53 wells, and construct three pipelines inside the community of Battlement Mesa. The permits were deemed technically complete last week and are now under review by interested parties and other stakeholders, including Grand Valley Citizens Alliance and Battlement Concerned Citizens.

To discuss these applications and the impacts of large scale oil and gas development, GVCA and BCC are hosting a community meeting on Monday, August 31 to share our concerns about this project.

If you are as concerned as we are, we hope you can join us to ask questions and learn how you can be involved in this process as it moves forward.

For more information, contact Dave Devanney at 970-285-2263, or Doug Saxton at 970-285-2441.

Background:

Ursa Resources, a Texas based oil and gas company, announced plans to drill within Battlement Mesa last fall. Although they have been drilling on the outskirts of the community for over a year, this application initiates the first of four “phases” of development that will last an unknown period of time.

We do know that this is a large scale project that will drastically alter the quality of life in our community:

  • About 197 wells are needed to access the minerals underneath Battlement Mesa, an estimated 94 that will be drilled from within the community.
  • Over 10 well pads will be created, five that will be located within the “planned unit development” of Battlement Mesa, and more right on the borders.
  • Numerous pipelines will be necessary to move water and natural gas; three pipelines are already approved.
  • “Phase 1” of development is estimated to last 3-5 years, however the life span of the entire project will last decades.
  • Waste water will be disposed of via injection wells located directly on the pads, how many will be needed in unknown.

Ursa has been holding a series of community meetings to detail their plans, however we felt Battlement Mesa residents should also have a “citizen’s view” of what this proposed large-scaled industrial development of drilling and injection wells means to our community.

We hope you can join us. For more information about Ursa’s proposal, check out our blog post here.

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. [Source: Western Colorado Congress]

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