A new proposed oil and gas well pad location in Battlement Mesa on the Western Slope receives the dubious distinction of being the WORST drilling and fracking application in memory.
If the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) agrees to waive setback distance rules for this proposal they will establish a lasting statewide precedent for industrial drilling and fracking in residential communities.
Help us make this the first oil and gas drilling/fracking application that the COGCC denies in 20 years by submitting a comment to their board. Scroll below to send a comment to the COGCC.
If the COGCC approves this variance in Battlement Mesa, your home and neighborhood could be subjected to the same treatment by other drillers.
For more on Ursa’s lacking notification of Battlement Mesa residents, read this article in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.
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Please deny the Ursa Resources Pad A Location permit (Form 2A) in Garfield County, Colorado. Dense residential developments, such as the Tamarisk Village mobile home park, should not be targeted for oil and gas development. Since the Firestone oil and gas explosion in April took two lives, there have been more than a dozen additional fires and explosions at oil and gas locations throughout Colorado. Colorado should require greater setbacks than 500 feet – especially when there are multiple wells – especially when the wells are proposed near a neighborhood.
Public health and safety should not be sacrificed for the oil and gas industry. Pad A’s proximity to the Colorado River and community water management facilities is simply unacceptable anywhere in Colorado.
Other talking points ideas: How would you feel if this happened in your area? What message is the COGCC sending to communities around the state if it grants a setback exemption for this proposal?