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Ursa’s permits to drill open for public comment

January 28, 2016

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The applications to build two well pads, 53 wells, and an associated pipeline system in Battlement Mesa are now before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) for review. The permits for both B and D pads have been deemed complete and are now open for public comment until February 16th. But don’t wait […]

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Ursa puts off drilling in Battlement Mesa till 2017

January 19, 2016

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Dave Devanney reported that Ursa has informed Battlement Concerned Citizens that they plan to begin their operations in the second quarter of 2017. Previously Rob Bleil, regulatory and environmental manager for Ursa, had stated that construction on the well pads would likely start in July or August 2016. This welcome delay gives Battlement Mesa more […]

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Trails groups ensure trail access

January 12, 2016

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The recent closure of the Beaver Creek Road illustrates perfectly the function of and the need for organizations like West Elk Multi-Use Club (WEMUC). Road closure south of Rifle causes confusion RIFLE — Rather than hit the slopes at upvalley resorts, some residents prefer to grab their skis or snowshoes and head south from town […]

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Battlement Mesa residents speak out

January 7, 2016

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With the holidays upon them almost immediately after the GarCo Commissioners approved Ursa’s special use permits to drill 53 wells on 2 well pads, plus 2.5 miles of pipelines inside the Battlement Mesa PUD, residents barely had time to process the news much less react to it. During the past three weeks however residents have […]

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The testimony that fell on deaf ears

December 28, 2015

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Click here to view PowerPoint presentation in larger window Guest post by Bob Arrington* On December 16, I testified at the public hearing on Ursa’s special use permits to drill 53 wells from 2 well pads plus 2.5 miles of pipeline inside the Battlement Mesa PUD. During my testimony before the Garfield County Commissioners, I […]

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GarCo Commissioner John Martin values wilderness over human life

December 23, 2015

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Last week Garfield County Commissioner John Martin voted, along with his fellow commissioners Tom Jankovsky and Mike Samson, to allow 2 well pads, 53 wells, and 2.5 miles of pipeline through people’s backyards in the residential community of Battlement Mesa. No sooner had the blood dried on Ursa’s special use permits when Martin flipped his […]

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Ursa wins unanimous approval to drill Battlement Mesa

December 18, 2015

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The Garfield County Commissioners voted Thursday 3 to 0 to approve three special use permits to drill 53 natural gas wells on two pads and an associated pipeline in the community of Battlement Mesa. “We are obviously disappointed in the final decision of the County Commissioners. It has been stated in the staff documents and […]

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BOCC unanimously approves drilling in Battlement Mesa

December 17, 2015

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At the  COGCC rulemaking hearing last month industry representatives predicted that future well pads will be constructed closer to municipal boundaries, and that low prices are forcing operators to use larger well pads. Anadarko Petroleum expects 40 percent of future wells will be near or within municipal boundaries. Welcome to your future, Coloradans! BREAKING: Commissioners […]

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Decision on drilling in Battlement expected today

December 17, 2015

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The Garfield County Commissioners are expected to vote today on Ursa’s special use permits to drill 53 wells on 2 well pads and construct 2.5 miles of pipeline inside the Battlement Mesa PUD. Battlement drilling hearing continued to Thursday Roughly six hours into Wednesday’s meeting, Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said he wanted to “clean up or […]

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Battlement residents stated their case on home turf

December 16, 2015

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According to the news reports, more than 150 people braved the slippery roads and wintry weather to attend the first of two public hearings for Ursa’s applications to drill in Battlement Mesa, on Tuesday morning in Battlement Mesa. I made the decision not to attend the hearings. Evidently the county doesn’t livestream their remote meetings. […]

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