Garfield County FLIR tour: Battlement Mesa well pads

On November 16, the Garfield County commissioners approved Ursa’s second phase including the construction of a new A pad with 24 natural gas wells and a wastewater injection well less than 500 feet from some homes. This fracking wastewater injection well would be closer to homes than anywhere in Colorado.

These two FLIR videos were filmed at two existing Ursa well pads in Battlement Mesa on May 5, 2017.

Ursa B&V Lease, Battlement Mesa, CO
Filmed 5/5/2017
Ursa Operating B&V Lease Battlement Mesa, Garfield County, CO (39.450817, -108.048717)

This well pad is located between I-70 and the Colorado River. In this video you see a drilling rig surrounded by a sound wall. Notice the volume of emissions during drilling operations.

Ursa BMC Lease, Battlement Mesa, CO
Filmed 5/5/17
Ursa Operating BMC Lease Battlement Mesa, Garfield County, CO

This well pad is located on the south side of the Colorado River close to dozens of homes. Again in this video you see a drilling rig surrounded by a sound wall. Notice the volume of emissions during drilling operations.

All videos were filmed by a certified thermographer with an industry standard optical gas imaging camera, the FLIR GasFinder 320. The $100,000 camera is specially calibrated to detect methane and other VOCs, and is used by industry and regulators for that purpose.

Click here for more videos in the Garfield County FLIR tour.
Click here for more infrared videos in the Colorado Citizens Empowerment Project.
Click here for more info on the Community Empowerment Project and the FLIR GF320 optical gas imaging camera.

Independent laboratory (third party) testing confirms that the FLIR Gasfinder Model GF 320 camera can see the following gases at the minimum detected leak rate (MDLR):

1-Pentene – 5.6g/hr
Benzene – 3.5g/hr
Butane -0.4g/hr
Ethane – 0.6g/hr
Ethanol – 0.7g/hr
Ethylbenzene – 1.5g/hr
Ethylene – 4.4g/hr
Heptane – 1.8g/hr
Hexane – 1.7g/hr
Isoprene – 8.1g/hr
MEK – 3.5g/hr
Methane – 0.8g/hr
Methanol – 3.8g/hr
MIBK – 2.1g/hr
Octane – 1.2g/hr
Pentane – 3.0g/hr
Propane – 0.4g/hr
Propylene – 2.9g/hr
SF6 (Sulfur Hexaflouride) – 0.026g/hr
Toluene – 3.8g/hr
Xylene – 1.9g/hr

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