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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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Battlement residents weigh “name your poison” options

February 10, 2017

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Ursa Resources officials played to a packed house at the Battlement Mesa community meeting on Thursday evening. A plan for relocation of a proposed injection well had been floating around and residents were anxious to hear the details about the proposed alternative site. Facing public and governmental opposition, Battlement Mesa Company and Olson Associates withdrew […]

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Injection well zone application withdrawn for reboot

February 9, 2017

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Facing public and governmental opposition, Battlement Mesa Company and Olson Associates withdrew their current application to create an injection well zone within the community at the Garfield County Planning Commission meeting Wednesday evening. With the release of the community development staff report last week recommending denial and this week’s editorial in the Post Independent against […]

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Oil and Gas Threat Map now includes public lands

October 27, 2016

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One-third of Colorado’s nearly 67 million acres are designated as public lands, including forests, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, national parks and monuments, and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. As much as we appreciate our precious public lands, oil & gas development on public lands has contributed to the increasing public health risks […]

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Ursa postpones drilling plan near high school

October 6, 2016

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Ursa informed Garfield County by letter on Wednesday, the company has postponed plans to drill at the Lacy Park pad which is located about 700 feet from Grand Valley High School, and on the north bank of the Colorado River, between Parachute and Battlement Mesa. In the letter Ursa cited the need for more time […]

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Battlement Mesa film trailer released

September 23, 2016

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For over a year, Gayle Embrey and Sue Drinker at PowerSurge Productions have been filming the story of the residents in Battlement Mesa who have worked 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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