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COGCC: Just say no to Ursa plan

August 29, 2016

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Guest post by Doug Saxton, co-chair of Battlement Concerned Citizens Recent developments concerning well pads in and around Battlement Mesa have people here shaking their heads over the desire of the Ursa Operating LLC to nestle its large-scale industrial operations next to residences, the community’s water supply and its high school. Of even more concern […]

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Hope fades for Battlement Mesa residents

July 16, 2016

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The COGCC approved Ursa’s permit application for the BMC D Pad, the pad that is not located next to the Colorado River. It is one of two proposed well pads to be located inside the Battlement Mesa PUD. As the first real test of the new state rule regarding large urban mitigation area (UMA) facilities, […]

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Ursa offers residents a Sophie’s choice

July 13, 2016

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Local residents turned out in force for Ursa’s community meeting on Tuesday night in Battlement Mesa. They are concerned about the operator’s proposal to drill near Grand Valley High School which is located inside Parachute city limits, between I-70 and the Colorado River, and between Parachute and Battlement Mesa. Ursa plans to drill next to […]

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Ursa’s Battlement Mesa permit applications are first test of new state rule

July 11, 2016

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If the average person isn’t confused by the ongoing Ursa vs. Battlement Mesa saga by now, then they are not paying attention. I’m so confused I fell for the Post Independent spin that Ursa’s recently proposed Lacy Park pad is the first test of the new state rule governing large urban mitigation area facilities. No, […]

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Problems uncovered with Ursa pipeline proposal

July 7, 2016

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Guest post by Bob Arrington* On June 15, I sent a letter with several attachments to Mr. Joe Malloy, who is Chief of Pipeline Safety for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (COPUC). The purpose of my letter was to outline my concerns about Ursa’s pipeline proposal within the Battlement Mesa PUD. I also copied Matt […]

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Ursa plans to drill next to Grand Valley High School

July 5, 2016

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** Updated 7/12/16 — Definition of large UMA and CO setbacks** ** Updated 7/8/16 — See Correction below ** On June 13, Ursa Resources notified Garfield County about their plans for a proposed well pad — Lacy Park Pad — where 22 wells will be drilled. The well pad facility will be built about 645 […]

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CSU presents air emissions study

June 14, 2016

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Post updated 6-15-16 at 10:20 a.m. Garfield County air quality study results presented to public Data from an extensive multi-year Colorado State University study of air emissions from natural gas operations in Garfield County, Colorado have been presented publicly by a CSU research team. Click here to view the slideshow presentation. Study leader Jeffrey Collett, […]

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Battlement Mesa residents demand full enforcement of new COGCC rules

May 25, 2016

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As decision looms, Battlement Mesa residents demand full enforcement of new COGCC rules Battlement Mesa, CO— Battlement Mesa residents are urging the COGCC to take as much time as it needs to decide on an application that has the potential to negatively impact public health, safety and welfare of 5,000 people in their community. This […]

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Ursa scraps injection well plan on B pad in Battlement Mesa – for now

May 25, 2016

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Thirteen words in the middle of an article in Sunday’s Denver Post, had folks in Battlement Mesa scratching their heads this week. Colorado residents push to protect homes, river from fracking … Ursa vice president Don Simpson said “there are already injection wells and pads closer along the river” and that waste from hydraulic fracturing, […]

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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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