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Citizen group protests proposed Battlement Mesa gas wells

Jan 30, 2018

Dave Devanney is chair of Battlement Concerned Citizens, which opposes a proposal to drill gas wells within 500 feet of homes.
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The group Battlement Concerned Citizens is opposing a proposal for a new well pad and wastewater injection well in their community. Colorado regulations require that oil and gas development is a minimum of 500 feet away from homes and buildings. This proposal has wells within 500 feet of several homes. Ursa Resources has asked the state for a variance.

Dave Devanney, chair of Battlement Concerned Citizens, testified in front of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Monday. He asked the commission to deny the request for exemption from the setback rule. The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment has said it also does not support the proposal.

Today is the last day to submit public comments regarding the well pad; the state is expected to make a decision this spring.