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CDPHE letter addresses Battlement Mesa residents’ health, safety, and welfare

March 9, 2016

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Today brought another interesting development in the Battlement Mesa saga. GarCo oil & gas liaison Kirby Wynn released a letter from CDPHE oil & gas liaison Kent Kuster to COGCC Director Matt Lepore regarding recommendations for Ursa’s proposed well pads inside the Battlement Mesa PUD. Garfield County had previously requested a consultation on Ursa’s proposed […]

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New rule applies to Ursa’s Battlement Mesa permits

March 9, 2016

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A group of Battlement Mesa supporters showed up at the regular COGCC meeting on Monday to urge the staff via the Commissioners to force consideration of other locations and more mitigation before approving Ursa’s Battlement Mesa permit applications. During public comments, COGCC Executive Director Matt Lepore stated that the new task force rules apply to […]

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Ursa: No drilling near Silt this year

March 1, 2016

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In an email yesterday, Ursa VP Don Simpson announced: Subsequent to Ursa’s last Silt Community meeting on October 21, 2015, we have not commenced any drilling or completion activities in the Silt area, nor do we plan on any drilling or completion activities prior to our next meeting in September or October of 2016. Thus, […]

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Dorothy’s View

February 23, 2016

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Since 2009, Tod and I have managed the West Elk winter trails system for the White River National Forest-Rifle Ranger District (absolutely fabulous people to work with). And for many more years before that, we were dedicated trail users. There are several scenic views of the Grand Valley along the trails but the popular favorite […]

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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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