Letter: Praise for Battlement decision
President, National Association of Royalty Owners, Colorado Chapter
The National Association of Royalty Owners — Colorado (NARO — Colorado) applauds the recent thoughtful, and unanimous, decision of the Garfield County commission to approve the oil and gas drilling applications filed by Ursa to extract the minerals underlying lands located in the Battlement Mesa PUD.
The commission did its homework on the oil and gas issues, striking an appropriate balance between the surface owner concerns and the need to develop our state’s valuable natural resources. Ursa has diligently worked at both the state and local level to establish development criteria that will minimize surface disruption, including agreement to over 70 conditions imposed at the county level.
Respecting the real property rights of the mineral owners and the leasehold operators can be difficult for regulatory bodies, especially over the vocal objection of citizens concerned primarily with surface impacts.
The Piceance Basin has long been known as a resource-rich area, and the entire Battlement Mesa community originally was established to house people involved in the natural resources industry. While the community has evolved over time, there remain many reasonable individuals who recognize and understand the importance of energy development for not only for our state, but also for energy independence from foreign oil sources. NARO — Colorado and its membership appreciate this foresight and are confident Ursa will responsibly undertake these obligations.
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