COGCC is coming to GWS in July

The blue squares show the location of two well pads within the Battlement Mesa PUD where at least 53 wells will be drilled. The yellow line is the route of the 2.5 mile pipeline. Construction on the well pads is expected to begin in the 2nd quarter of 2017. [Source: Garfield County]

The blue squares show the location of two well pads within the Battlement Mesa PUD where at least 53 wells will be drilled. The yellow line is the route of the 2.5 mile pipeline. Construction on the well pads is expected to begin in the 2nd quarter of 2017. [Source: Garfield County]

***** UPDATE JULY 7, 2016 *****

COGCC grants Ursa’s motion to delay Battlement Mesa hearings

Battlement Mesa hearings are re-scheduled for August 29-30 in Denver

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What a novel concept! Hold COGCC permit hearings in the vicinity of the drilling and fracking. I wonder who came up with that brilliant idea.

No matter. I applaud Matt Lepore and his traveling circus on their recent decision to move their July meeting from Sterling to Glenwood Springs.

Battlement Mesa drilling hearing moved closer to home

It promises to be quite the showdown between Ursa and Battlement Mesa. Because the July meeting docket includes public hearings for Ursa’s two permit applications to drill inside the Battlement Mesa PUD. There is a glitch regarding 3 Commissioners leaving and new appointees, so the exact day(s) of the hearings has yet to be decided.

Terms for three Commissioners expire on July 1. Assuming new Commissioners are appointed by July, Commissioner orientation will occur on Monday and the hearing on Tuesday and Wednesday. If new Commissioners are not appointed, the hearing will occur on Monday and Tuesday only.

Mark your calendars for July 18-20 at 9:00 a.m. daily

Place for July 18:
Colorado Mountain College
Senior Center Room
1402 Blake Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO

Place for July 19-20:
Glenwood Springs Community Center
Sopris Rooms A & B
100 Wulfsohn Road
Glenwood Springs, CO

Isn’t it ironic?

Ursa is also on the Enforcement Hearing Docket for the July meeting. According to Bob Arrington the hearing is for odor violations from open hatches which coincidentally (and allegedly) occurred on the same night Ursa held a “community” meeting. The couple who filed the complaint filed it with the COGCC and not with Ursa.

In another development, the COGCC in July also is scheduled to consider approving a $20,625 fine for alleged odor violations at three locations near Battlement Mesa that prompted complaints from some residents in December. A COGCC investigation found issues such as a condensate tank hatch left in an open position during a fluid transfer to storage tanks and a lack of equipment to control odors from storage tanks on one pad …

For more information read 5,000 more bites of the apple

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