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PSR’s new report: Why methane is “Too Dirty, Too Dangerous”

February 24, 2017

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This week Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) released a new report titled Too Dirty, Too Dangerous: Why health professionals reject methane. With its summaries of recent medical and scientific studies Too Dirty, Too Dangerous clearly conveys the health threats that accompany use of methane (natural gas) as a fuel. The report is a potent tool […]

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WORC puts oil and gas waste streams on the map

February 24, 2017

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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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More troubled waters overflow at Battlement Mesa pipeline site

February 23, 2017

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*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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GarCo breaks trust with Battlement residents over botched pipeline project

February 22, 2017

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*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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Battlement residents weigh “name your poison” options

February 10, 2017

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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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Injection well zone application withdrawn for reboot

February 9, 2017

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

February 8, 2017

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

February 7, 2017

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**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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GarCo community development staff recommends denial of injection well

February 3, 2017

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*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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CDPHE opposes Ursa’s injection well plan for Battlement Mesa

January 27, 2017

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Ursa’s VP Don Simpson was caught off guard by a January 12th letter from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) restating its opposition to proposed plans to locate an injection well in Battlement Mesa on the Colorado River. Last month, at the behest of Ursa Resources, Battlement Mesa Partners submitted an application to […]

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