February 24, 2017

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WORC puts oil and gas waste streams on the map

This week, Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) released a new mapping project that plots oil and gas waste streams in four states: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming. This new digital resource, the WORC Oil and Gas Waste Mapping Project is a visual follow-up to WORC report, No Time to Waste. Released in 2015, […]

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February 23, 2017

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350CO submits CORA to expose power plant pollution

350 Colorado Submits a Request for Records to Expose Dangerous Levels of Pollution from Martin Drake Coal Fired Power Plant Denver, CO — On February 20, 350 Colorado announced that it has filed a Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) request for an air quality report being kept secret from the public by the City of […]

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February 23, 2017

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More troubled waters overflow at Battlement Mesa pipeline site

*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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February 22, 2017

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GarCo breaks trust with Battlement residents over botched pipeline project

*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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February 16, 2017

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New CU study causes anxiety at CDPHE

Another study provides more evidence that oil and gas operations have a significant impact on public health. While health impacts are nothing new for those of us living in the gas patch, this latest study reveals a link between early-onset leukemia and close proximity to oil and gas operations. A team of researchers from the […]

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February 10, 2017

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Battlement residents weigh “name your poison” options

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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February 9, 2017

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Injection well zone application withdrawn for reboot

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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February 8, 2017

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Citizen groups sue Trump over unconstitutional “one-in-two-out” order

In the immortal words of Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling, “Imagine if you will” a country in which for every law created for your protection two other laws must go away. What if in order to maintain laws against murder, the government decreed assault and rape would be deemed legal? Something eerily similar and nightmarish occurred […]

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February 7, 2017

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Sunshine Gone: The Shameful State of the People’s Right to Know in Colorado

**Update: February 8, 2017** Colorado Springs Utilities drops push for contempt citation against clean-air activist The contempt citation sought against clean-air activist Leslie Weise, and her appeal of a lower court ruling, both were dismissed Wednesday by the Colorado Court of Appeals. Weise and Colorado Springs Utilities — which sought the contempt citation — are […]

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February 3, 2017

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GarCo community development staff recommends denial of injection well

*Updated 2/8/17* At the behest of Ursa Resources, Battlement Mesa Partners submitted an application to the Garfield County planning commission to approve a zoning change in Battlement Mesa’s founding PUD document to allow for oil and gas wastewater injection wells within the community. Ursa plans to locate the first injection well on the B pad […]

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