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Battlement residents deal with concurrent review process for Ursa’s Phase II

August 18, 2017

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While the COGCC considers Ursa’s Phase II drilling plan for another 55 wells on 2 well pads plus another injection well, all located within Battlement Mesa, the Garfield County planning department is simultaneously considering the same application. It’s not supposed to work that way. The way it’s supposed to work is the county reviews the […]

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Bob Arrington forewarns COGCC about hazards of Ursa’s A Pad

July 27, 2017

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Bob Arrington, PE, is a Battlement Mesa citizen representative on Garfield County’s Energy Advisory Board (EAB). He also represents the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance and the Battlement Concerned Citizens. This week he submitted his comment to the COGCC regarding Ursa’s proposed A Pad and injection well. Included with Bob’s letter is his presentation, A Very […]

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Submit comments now for Ursa’s Battlement Mesa Phase II application

July 26, 2017

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Battlement Mesa residents are gearing up as Ursa moves forward with Phase II of their drilling plan. Ursa has submitted an application to the COGCC to drill another 55 wells on 2 well pads plus another injection well, all located within the community. This project is being tracked closely by local environmental groups headed by […]

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Commissioners wobble then cave on injection well rezoning

April 18, 2017

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By a vote of 2 to 1, Garfield County commissioners approved Battlement Mesa Co.’s application for a zoning change to allow for an injection well within the Battlement Mesa community. Judging by their comments at the public hearing on Monday, the commissioners didn’t seem convinced of the need for an injection well but two of […]

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Battlement Mesa film released

April 3, 2017

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In October 2014, Gayle Embrey and Sue Drinker at PowerSurge Productions began filming the story of the residents in Battlement Mesa who worked their hearts out to stop oil & gas company Ursa from drilling inside their community. The film tells the story of their struggle to keep gas drilling from inside the Battlement Mesa […]

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Firefighters decided not to warn residents during chemical fire

March 14, 2017

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A series of mishaps at the pipeline construction site (Ursa’s new B pad) in Battlement Mesa highlights the hazards of residential drilling. Last week firefighters from the Grand Valley Fire Protection District (GVFPD) were called to extinguish what turned out to be a chemical fire at the construction/well pad site. Crews put out fire at […]

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Planning Commission approves rezoning to allow Battlement injection well

March 9, 2017

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The Garfield County Planning Commission Commissioners voted 5-2 on Wednesday night to approve a rezoning proposal that will allow for an injection well in the Battlement Mesa community. The approval included a provision to allow only one injection well on the 22-acre site that will be rezoned. Last month the Garfield County Community Development staff […]

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Letter from community groups opposes Battlement injection well zone

March 7, 2017

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This article was published in today’s Post Independent: Reject Battlement injection well, activists urge Below is the full text of the letter opposing the rezoning to allow injection wells in Battlement Mesa PUD, from Battlement Concerned Citizens (BCC), Grand Valley Citizens Alliance (GVCA) and Western Colorado Congress (WCC) to Garfield County Planning Commission. The hearing […]

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More troubled waters overflow at Battlement Mesa pipeline site

February 23, 2017

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*Photos added on 2/24/17 at 2:00 p.m. *Updated 7:47 p.m. Members of Battlement Concerned Citizens (BCC) and Grand Valley Citizens Alliance (GVCA) notified From the Styx about an alert they received Thursday morning from Garfield County oil & gas liaison Kirby Wynn. Wynn reported that a second event involving underground water has occurred along Summit […]

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GarCo breaks trust with Battlement residents over botched pipeline project

February 22, 2017

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*Updated 9:45 p.m. On January 27, COGCC environmental manager Greg Deranleau sent a letter to Garfield County oil & gas liaison Kirby Wynn, detailing a laundry list of problems with pipeline construction at two new well pads in Battlement Mesa. Neither Wynn nor Ursa informed residents about the situation. A resident stumbled upon the letter […]

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