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On Jan. 7, Exxon Mobil presented United Way of Garfield County with a check for $30,000. This is the largest single donation United Way of Garfield County has ever received and will greatly increase United Way’s 2010 grant allocations to local health and human service non-profits. United Way thanks Exxon Mobil for this generous donation. http://www.unitedwayofgarfieldcounty.org
Garfield County will continue the “Earth Day Every Day” program of offering a free visit to the county landfill to every county resident, to be scheduled at the residents’ own convenience.The Board of County Commissioners have agreed to reauthorize the issuance of “Earth Day Coupons” to county households, which amounts to roughly 45,000 coupons, good for a free dump day any time during 2010.According to county staffer Marvin Stephens, last year there were 3,700 coupons redeemed, amounting to 920 tons of trash, under the Earth Day program. He said the savings to the public came to more than $44,000.The county also offers two free dump days per year to county employees, which last year brought in 62.5 tons at a savings to the employees of $3,000, Stephens reported to the commissioners on Monday.
The Battlement Concerned Citizens (BCC) will hold a “Kick-Off Meeting” on Jan. 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Grand Valley Fire District Station, 0124 Stone Quarry Road.This will be a community update event to inform residents about activities related to natural gas drilling in Battlement Mesa, according to organizers, as well as an opportunity for community members to join the group.BCC is currently working with Garfield County officials on a health study that would also collect baseline air and water quality data. The group has also been active at hearings regarding the Williams drilling within the PUD.The program will include a “meet and greet” session, refreshments, a guest speaker and a video presentation.BCC is a sub-committee of the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance and is supported in part by a grant from the Wolcott Foundation.For more information call or Ron Galterio at (970) 285-0243.
The Williams gas drilling company has questioned Garfield County’s authority to require the company to haul away “cuttings” produced by drilling operations near Parachute.The company’s law firm, Holland & Hart, sent a letter last week to the county, arguing that only the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has the authority to impose such requirements on drilling activities.The Board of County Commissioners in December imposed the requirement that cuttings, or pulverized rock brought to the surface during drillings, should not be buried on site as permitted by the COGCC. The decision was part of the county’s permit allowing Williams to operate two gas wells inside the Battlement Mesa subdivision.The county commissioners on Monday announced that it will take the matter up at their Feb. 1 meeting in Glenwood Springs.
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A report released this month by the Center for Colorado River Studies says that in order to sustainably manage the river in the face of climate change, officials need alternative management paradigms and a different way of thinking compared with the status quo. Estimates about how much water the Upper Colorado River Basin states will use in the future are a problem that needs rethinking, according to the white paper.