Tag Archives: environment

Could Glenwood Springs become the next Porter Ranch?

January 22, 2016

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On October, 23, 2015, a blowout occurred at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility near the community of Porter Ranch, CA (population about 30,500) which resulted in a massive, unstoppable leak of methane and other toxic chemicals. At first, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas, a division of Sempra Energy) claimed the gas was non-toxic […]

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Trails groups ensure trail access

January 12, 2016

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The recent closure of the Beaver Creek Road illustrates perfectly the function of and the need for organizations like West Elk Multi-Use Club (WEMUC). Road closure south of Rifle causes confusion RIFLE — Rather than hit the slopes at upvalley resorts, some residents prefer to grab their skis or snowshoes and head south from town […]

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Jingle on!

December 24, 2015

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West Elk Multi-Use winter recreation trails

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GarCo Commissioner John Martin values wilderness over human life

December 23, 2015

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Last week Garfield County Commissioner John Martin voted, along with his fellow commissioners Tom Jankovsky and Mike Samson, to allow 2 well pads, 53 wells, and 2.5 miles of pipeline through people’s backyards in the residential community of Battlement Mesa. No sooner had the blood dried on Ursa’s special use permits when Martin flipped his […]

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CREED submits ballot initiatives

December 23, 2015

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Ballot Measures Submitted to Protect Against Run-Away Fracking Multiple ballot initiatives submitted by grassroots organization challenge industrial oil and gas development near homes, neighborhoods, schools, and water resources. Coloradans Resisting Extreme Energy Development (CREED) announced today that it submitted a range of ballot measures aimed at protecting homes, neighborhoods, schools, and water supplies from the […]

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Ursa wins unanimous approval to drill Battlement Mesa

December 18, 2015

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The Garfield County Commissioners voted Thursday 3 to 0 to approve three special use permits to drill 53 natural gas wells on two pads and an associated pipeline in the community of Battlement Mesa. “We are obviously disappointed in the final decision of the County Commissioners. It has been stated in the staff documents and […]

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BOCC unanimously approves drilling in Battlement Mesa

December 17, 2015

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At the  COGCC rulemaking hearing last month industry representatives predicted that future well pads will be constructed closer to municipal boundaries, and that low prices are forcing operators to use larger well pads. Anadarko Petroleum expects 40 percent of future wells will be near or within municipal boundaries. Welcome to your future, Coloradans! BREAKING: Commissioners […]

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Battlement residents stated their case on home turf

December 16, 2015

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According to the news reports, more than 150 people braved the slippery roads and wintry weather to attend the first of two public hearings for Ursa’s applications to drill in Battlement Mesa, on Tuesday morning in Battlement Mesa. I made the decision not to attend the hearings. Evidently the county doesn’t livestream their remote meetings. […]

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Battlement Mesa: the movie

December 12, 2015

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Powersurge Productions is working on a documentary about the Battlement Mesa story. Battlement Mesa Nears End of Production For over 1 year, Gayle Embrey and Sue Drinker have been filming the story of community members in Battlement Mesa fighting to minimize gas drilling inside their community. The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners will likely […]

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BOCC hearings scheduled for Ursa’s Battlement Mesa applications

December 2, 2015

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There are two Garfield County commissioners hearings scheduled back-to-back December 15 and 16, the first one in Battlement Mesa and a second hearing in Glenwood Springs. Battlement Concerned Citizens (BCC) will open a hospitality room at 8:00 a.m. before the December 15th meeting. Meet up with Battlement Mesa residents for juice, coffee, donuts/muffins and conversation. […]

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