CDPHE opposes Ursa’s request for setback variance

Ursa’s proposed A Pad in Battlement Mesa

Monday’s COGCC meeting in Denver is making news this week. Along with protestors inside and outside the building, Dave Devanney spoke out against Ursa’s request for a variance to drill within 500 feet of mobile homes in Battlement Mesa.

Last week the commission received a letter from Kent Kuster, oil and gas liaison for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), saying the agency can’t support granting Ursa Resources a variance to drill within 500 feet of homes in Battlement Mesa.

500 feet too close to drill, agency says

Ursa’s proposed A pad will border the Tamarisk Village mobile home park in Battlement Mesa, within 340 feet of one home, 500 feet of seven homes and 1,000 feet of 51 homes.

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Dave Devanney is chair of Battlement Concerned Citizens, which opposes a proposal to drill gas wells within 500 feet of homes. [Photo credit Elizabeth Stewart-Severy, Aspen Public Radio News]

Battlement Mesa activist urges state officials to deny Ursa proposal

Dave Devanney is a Battlement Mesa resident and chair of Battlement Concerned Citizens. At the COGCC meeting on Monday he was allowed 3 minutes to defend the future of his community. He testified that when citizens contacted Tamarisk Village residents to make sure they understood Ursa’s proposed A pad the response was “everyone we talked with was concerned about what was going to be happening.”

Devanney asked for an alternative location analysis by COGCC staff. “My residential community is completely surrounded by oil and gas wells, and now the industry is demanding to drill right inside our neighborhoods.”

He also requested a public hearing on Ursa’s variance request for the BMC A Pad.

“This proposal would set a precedent for communities all across Colorado. It’s important that the commission carefully considers whether it should allow a company to bypass health and safety protections,” Devanney said. “If they can drill that close to a neighborhood in Battlement Mesa it can happen in Broomfield, it can happen in Thornton, and it can happen anywhere in the state.”

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2 Comments on “CDPHE opposes Ursa’s request for setback variance”

  1. Ms. Fiona Lloyd Says:

    Whoa. Someone sewed Kent’s balls back on? He was told not to open the door to strangers.

  2. Peggy Tibbetts Says:

    Yabbut there’s nothing behind it. Just CYA. Remember CDPHE opposed the injection well too. GarCo didn’t even pay attention. But then they never do.

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