Hosted by Grand Valley Citizen’s Alliance and Battlement Concerned Citizens
BCC will host an informational “rally” to explain upcoming protocols regarding the P&Z tour of Ursa drilling sites. At 9:15 a.m. we are to meet county officials at the Alpine Bank/Clark’s Market Parking lot – carpooling is highly suggested! Tour starts at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments at the BCC morning rally will include free Starbucks coffee & donuts.
Wednesday, September 23 at 4:30 p.m. at the west side of Clark’s Market parking lot:
Meet up for carpooling (Of course, you can drive individually, too.) For a ride, call Betsy Leonard at 970-285-9874 or 970-404-0431(cell).
Planning and Zoning Commission meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. in Glenwood Springs in the commissioner meeting room at 108 8th St. Seating is very limited, so plan to come early.
Unfortunately, it could be a very late night because the public hearing portion won’t start until the staff report, Ursa’s presentation, and P&Z commissioners’ Q&A to those entities ends.
Further information about the P&Z public hearing will be forthcoming in a few days and we will let you know more as soon as we find it out.
In the meantime, we have completed our review of the permits and have trimmed our thoughts down to a few main points (below). We hope you will consider this content in your comments:
Drilling inside a PUD — community of 4,500 people requires great care, thought and planning — in fact, no residential drilling should be considered because of the impacts!
- large-scale industrial O&G production sites must be proven to be as far from homes/schools/dwellings, as possible, with alternative sites identified
- Comprehensive Drilling Plan for in and around Battlement Mesa to plan for the accumulative impacts from multi-company drilling currently in production or proposed
- consideration of cumulative community and socio-economic impacts
- emergency response plans in place (not proposed)
- increased air & water monitoring
Companies come and go — a community does not.
- residents will have to live with legacy of natural gas development
- their ideas/concerns should be paramount in this process
The Ursa application will go before the county commissioners, as well. Those hearings possibly won’t begin until November or later. The county commissioners will have a public hearing meeting in Battlement Mesa, date TBA.
In 2009, as a subcommittee of the nonprofit civic-action organization, Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, Battlement Concerned Citizens organized to mitigate large-scale industrial development in their neighborhoods — proposed close to homes and schools — especially when citizens were already impacted by a heavy concentration of drilling/fracking operations surrounding the Battlement community.
GVCA, as well as its parent organization, Western Colorado Congress hosts county-wide public events about health and environmental impacts in the Gas Patch. BCC members meet monthly to study potential drilling impacts, sometimes with industry reps. Both GVCA and BCC groups are represented on the Garfield County Energy Advisory Board. In 2010, our members successfully advocated for the county’s “Health Impact Assessment” — and subsequently, now believe that drilling sites should be at least 2,000 feet away from homes to eliminate health impacts.
GVCA/BCC members have long voiced a need for a local governmental “comprehensive drilling plan” for in-and-around Battlement Mesa to better mitigate the cumulative impacts of large industrial operations in a residential area.
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