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Briefs filed in teens’ fracking lawsuit appeal

August 22, 2016

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Colorado Communities Back Youths’ Critical Fracking Lawsuit Denver, CO – On August 18, communities across Colorado showed their support for six young activists and their fracking and climate change lawsuit. Two amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs were filed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in support of the youth in their effort to […]

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Mapping the oil and gas threat in western CO — August 8

August 3, 2016

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MAPPING the OIL and GAS THREAT: A Western Colorado Update Monday, August 8 6:30 p.m. Glenwood Springs Community Center Join Western Colorado Congress for an evening of information and discussion about oil and gas issues on the Western Slope. Representatives from the Sierra Club and local impacted community members will give a demonstration of the […]

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Review: Frackopoly

August 2, 2016

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Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment By Wenonah Hauter The New Press June 2016 384 pages For the uninitiated, fracking is a process of unconventional natural gas extraction in which millions of gallons of water, tons of sand, and unknown quantities of toxic chemicals are injected from holes drilled miles […]

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Battlement Mesa residents call on COGCC to protect drinking water

July 20, 2016

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By Emily Hornback, WCC Community Organizer Residents of Battlement Mesa spoke before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Tuesday, decrying the recent approval of 28 natural gas wells inside their community while calling on the Commission to take a harder look at another pending application to drill an additional 25 wells next to […]

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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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COGCC grants Ursa’s motion to delay Battlement Mesa hearings

July 7, 2016

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Last week, Ursa filed a motion with the COGCC to delay public hearings on their permit applications to build two well pads and a pipeline system inside the Battlement Mesa PUD. The hearing officer granted Ursa’s motion. The COGCC meeting will be held as scheduled in Glenwood Springs, July 18-20, but Ursa’s applications for drilling […]

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5,000 more bites of the apple

June 24, 2016

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For those of you who follow the Battlement Mesa saga, there is lots of news this week so let’s get to it. Beginning with a showdown in Glenwood Springs between Ursa and Battlement Mesa, coming up next month and brought to you by the COGCC. Read COGCC is coming to GWS in July. This next […]

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