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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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Retired Aramco employees speak out on Initiative No. 78

June 23, 2016

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Background Initiative No. 78, one of 3 initiatives currently gathering signatures for the November ballot, has been under attack recently. Initiative No. 78, “Mandatory Setbacks from Oil and Gas Development,” establishes a buffer zone of 2,500 feet (less than ½ mile) around homes, hospitals and schools, as well as sensitive areas like playgrounds and drinking […]

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Activists disrupt Hick’s piano recital

June 9, 2016

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Oops! Did I say piano recital? Must be that photo. I meant book event. That’s right. Governor Hickenlooper wrote a book, I Drank the Fracking Fluid. No. He didn’t. I was just messing with you. He did publish a confessional memoir, loosely based on his life, The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and […]

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The Great Unraveling

June 8, 2016

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Oil, Gas and the Future of Colorado Guest post by Philip Doe* Establishment publications like the New York Times and The New Yorker are quick to describe the relentless drift of Western Europe toward oligarchy and fascism, or to bemoan the end of democracy in Turkey, but they are less inclined to identify and evaluate […]

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