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Letter: No one is safe

Currently there is an application for a special use permit to extract natural gas in Battlement Mesa. One of the wells will be 579 feet from someone’s home. The plan, which is only phase one of three potential phases, is for the drilling of 53 gas wells, including a 2.5-mile pipeline and wastewater injection wells in the residential development of Battlement Mesa.

Every resident of Battlement Mesa will be affected by the drilling, fracking, noise, traffic, dust, wildlife disturbances, decrease in property value, potential accidents and health concerns that are a result of gas well development in a PUD.

If we do not set a precedent now to put a stop to residential drilling, who is to say the next target will not be Rifle, New Castle, Silt, Glenwood Springs? No one is safe.

I realize natural gas drilling is inevitable, but the rewards do not offset the risks of allowing this drilling in residential areas.

Please join us at the public hearing before the Garfield County Planning Commission at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23. The meeting will be at the commissioners’ hearing room, 108 Eighth St. in Glenwood Springs.

There is very little time to get this done. The county commissioners need to hear us — all of us, not just the people who live in Battlement Mesa — now.

Sue deWinter

Battlement Mesa

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