Ursa Resources

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State Air Quality Control Division officials in Rifle for a meeting last week got an earful from residents worried about natural gas extraction impacts on Western Slope air quality. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more. You can listen to the unedited public comments from the meeting by clicking here.

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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has approved Ursa Resources’ re-application for a permit to construct the “A” Pad with more than 20 natural gas wells and a wastewater injection well less than 500 feet from Battlement Mesa homes. But, the company needs a variance to move forward. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Dave Devanney , chairman of watchdog group Battlement Concerned Citizens, about what that means for Ursa and for residents.

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Many Battlement Mesa residents were disappointed in a decision made by Garfield County Commissioners Thursday. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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Battlement Mesa residents find out today if Garfield County Commissioners will approve or deny Ursa Resources’ proposed A Pad. The controversial project would put 24 natural gas wells and a wastewater injection well less than 500 feet from some homes within the Battlement Mesa community. Commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday in Battlement Mesa about the project. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report about why citizens believe the project should be denied. Commissioners meet at 9 AM in Glenwood Springs.

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Battlement Mesa resident Bonnie Smeltzer is probably the oldest member of Battlement Concerned Citizens, a group that's been fighting natural gas drilling inside Battlement Mesa. At 90, Smeltzer is fighting a proposed injection well and a gas well pad closer than 500 feet from some homes near where she lives. She sat down with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh Tuesday to talk about her experiences with the industry.

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Form 2A of Ursa Resources’ application to drill 24 new natural gas wells and a wastewater injection well in Battlement Mesa was recently rejected by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Greg Deranleau, COGCC’s Environmental Manager, to find out more about the rejection and waivers that would allow gas drilling within 500 feet of homes.

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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission or COGCC rejected a big part of Ursa Resources’ application for the “A” Pad, with 24 natural gas wells and an injection well less than 500 feet from homes in Battlement Mesa.  KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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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.

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.