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Ursa meetings schedule announced

July 29, 2015

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Ursa Operating Company cordially invites you to the third of 5 planned meetings regarding planned drilling operations in the Battlement Mesa PUD. This meeting’s main topic is “The Construction Phase” and will cover anything related to this phase, including; health, safety, the environment, trucking, building location, and regulatory. Monday, August 3 6:00 p.m. Grand Valley […]

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In search of the “net positive”

July 20, 2015

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The Ursa meeting in Battlement Mesa last Monday (7/13) was well attended. I was unable to be there. However the Post Independent has taken a sudden interest in the future drilling plans in the Battlement Mesa PUD, therefore the meeting was covered by a local reporter. From reading the article and talking to people who […]

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Residential fracking coming soon to GarCo

June 27, 2015

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Since the drilling boom began around 2001, fracking has not occurred within residential neighborhoods in Garfield County. Hazardously close to communities and rural subdivisions – yes – but not inside heavily populated residential areas. That paradoxical distinction will soon vanish as Ursa Resources has submitted plans to drill 53 wells from two pads inside the […]

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Fracking pollution and dead babies

June 25, 2015

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The current issue of Rolling Stone features an in-depth article by Paul Solotaroff, What’s Killing the Babies of Vernal, Utah? Billed as the story about a midwife who becomes the local pariah after she starts asking questions about dead babies, it is much more than that. Donna Young has been a midwife in Vernal, Utah, […]

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BOCC approves injection well, residents ask for seismic monitor

June 23, 2015

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To absolutely no one’s surprise, the Garfield County commissioners voted unanimously on Monday to approve Ursa’s second injection well in two years near Battlement Mesa and Parachute. Public meetings and hearings were held where citizens voiced their concerns and objections. Everyone was heard. Everyone was polite. Everyone was thanked. And the commissioners approved it anyway. […]

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Finding fault with Ursa’s new injection well

June 16, 2015

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At Monday’s BOCC meeting there was a discussion about the potential for a permanent air monitoring station in Battlement Mesa due to increased drilling activities inside the PUD (planned unit development) by Ursa Resources. A public hearing was also held regarding Ursa Resources application for an injection well located on Gardner Lane about one and […]

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Geology of the Piceance Basin — An Ursa Presentation

June 16, 2015

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Guest post by Fiona Lloyd* Ursa’s informational meeting was held on Monday night in response to Battlement Mesa residents concerns about the impacts of increased drilling in their community. The attendance was good, about 70 people along with just 4 Ursa representatives. The main question seemed to be: Given the current technology, why are you […]

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Does fracking induce earthquakes?

June 10, 2015

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Yes, but not as much as injection wells. According to Dr. Rick Aster, Professor of Geophysics and Department Head with the Colorado State University: “An induced earthquake is a seismic events that (to a high degree of certainty) would not have occurred without human influences applied to the surface or subsurface. “Known ways to induce […]

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Lawsuit exposes how Encana cheats workers

May 8, 2015

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Six oil & gas workers have filed suit against Encana for improperly classifying them as contract workers. In an in-depth article in today’s Daily Sentinel, reporter Dennis Webb describes in detail how oil & gas operators use ICAs (independent contractor agreements) to cheat workers out of thousands of dollars in overtime pay, benefits, unemployment, and […]

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WPX dictates GarCo land-use code

May 7, 2015

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If you’ve ever wondered who really runs the show in Garfield County look no further than Monday’s BOCC meeting. (Click here to watch — advance to 4:22, runs about 1 hour) In a sickening display of capitulation, the Commissioners blatantly ignored the recommendations of the entire Planning Commission, plus  Michael Sullivan, alternate commissioner, and Kirby […]

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