Tag Archives: property values

Oil & gas industry pumps money into property rights initiatives

May 29, 2018

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Petitions are currently circulating for Initiative 97 in favor of a 2500-foot setback requirement for oil & gas drilling. But that’s not the only petition in need of signatures. Two dozen initiatives have been approved for circulation. Several are backed by the state’s oil & gas industry. Protect Colorado was founded in 2014, to fight […]

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The testimony that fell on deaf ears

December 28, 2015

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Click here to view PowerPoint presentation in larger window Guest post by Bob Arrington* On December 16, I testified at the public hearing on Ursa’s special use permits to drill 53 wells from 2 well pads plus 2.5 miles of pipeline inside the Battlement Mesa PUD. During my testimony before the Garfield County Commissioners, I […]

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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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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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Highlights from Stop the Frack Attack

October 6, 2015

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In case you missed the Stop the Frack Attack summit last weekend (10/3-10/5) in Denver, like I did, here are some news bits and photos. The weekend festivities climaxed on Monday with a march through downtown Denver to a demonstration at the governor’s mansion. A shout out and thanks to Lauren Swain from Coloradans Against […]

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LTEs from Battlement Mesa residents

October 6, 2015

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Continued from Battlement Mesa residents ask “Where’s the CDP?” Sandy Getter: Gas drilling — are you next? In 1998 my husband and I bought land in Battlement Mesa from the Battlement Mesa Company and built a house. Now we’re finding out that the company didn’t register with Garfield County the potential drilling pads within the […]

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Battlement Mesa residents ask “Where’s the CDP?”

October 2, 2015

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Here’s your Battlement Mesa update — The first GarCo planning & zoning commission meeting to address Ursa’s drilling application in Battlement Mesa PUD was held on September 23 (same day as the EPA emissions hearing in Denver). The meeting lasted for hours on end. Over 80 people attended. The good news is the hearing was […]

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Kill this bill: SB 15-093

March 4, 2015

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Citizens, neighbors, friends, and family it is time we as surface owners speak up for our rights to clean air, water, and our property values! The Colorado Senate recently passed a bill, SB15-093, which would provide compensation to mineral owners for regulatory impairments. In other words, if a local government, such as a municipality or […]

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Battlement Mesa residents alarmed at Ursa’s drilling plans

October 3, 2014

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The Ursa community meeting at Battlement Mesa/Parachute this week was decidedly more contentious than the Silt meeting. On Wednesday night, residents voiced their objections and offered recommendations in person and via written statement regarding the operator’s plans to drill inside the community’s PUD. Ursa plans to construct two well pads within the PUD boundaries. The […]

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Ethylbenzene changes everything

June 10, 2014

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Sounds like the title of a country western song. A couple months have passed since I published the results of our little family study. Lots of folks have expressed concern and wonder how we’re doing. It has been difficult for me to find words to describe the past two months. But I can still hum […]

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