Battlement Mesa

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On Tuesday, the Garfield County Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of Ursa Resources' Phase II plans to drill for natural gas inside Battlement Mesa. Commissioner Michael Sullivan was the only consistent dissenting vote. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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Waivers signed by residents of a mobile home park in Battlement Mesa and obtained by KDNK News could allow Ursa Resources to drill for natural gas and build an injection well less than 500 feet from homes. The waivers are intended to get around a rule in Colorado that requires oil and gas activity in Urban Mitigation Areas to be more than 500 feet away from homes. Ursa told KDNK no compensation was offered to those who signed waivers, but some residents have already been paid. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.

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Ursa Resources wants the state and county natural gas well permitting processes to happen at the same time so it won’t have to wait very long to begin Phase 2 drilling operations inside Battlement Mesa. Last month, Garfield County Commissioners approved the request. But, Leslie Robinson, director of the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, an industry watchdog group, told KDNK that Ursa’s request was misleading and a concurrent permit process is too rushed.


Garfield County Commissioners voted 2-1 Monday to approve a rezoning request by Ursa Resources to allow the company to apply for an injection well inside the Battlement Mesa PUD boundaries. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Sue Drinker and Gayle Embrey are Amy's guests today, talking about their new film Battlement Mesa, which took 3 years to film and presents the struggle to keep natural gas drilling out of the community. You can watch the film for free here.

Today's newscast features Colorado News Service reporter Eric Galatas on how most scientists disagree with new EPA chief's claims about climate change. Click on the headline for more.

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Today's newscast features a conversation with Eagle County Commissioner Jill Ryan about the county's new Climate Action Plan.

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Today's newscast features KDNK's Weekly News Brief about Summit Midstream's pipeline problems  in Battlement Mesa, a proposed bill in the state legislature that could mean hefty fines for texting while driving, and Eric Galatas looks at where the money would come from if President Trump increases military spending by $54B.

KDNK's local news airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 and again at 5:34 PM.