Letter: Ursa says ‘We listen to neighbors’
I’m writing to provide some clarification in light of the recent media coverage surrounding our activity in and around Battlement Mesa. First and foremost, I want to make it abundantly clear that we have been and will continue to be committed to listening to our neighbors in Battlement Mesa and incorporating suggestions into our operational plans whenever feasible.
We are proud of the project we have designed and the process we have undertaken to this point. The process has included ample community input (close to 40 hours of public hearings) and the unique step of requiring approval from the Garfield County Planning Commission as well as the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners, which we’re proud to say granted us its unanimous support this past December.
That input and level of scrutiny from local residents and the Garfield commissioners is reflected in the permits we filed last December with the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). In the end, our wells in Battlement Mesa will be some of the most regulated and highly scrutinized wells in the country.
It’s important to know that we filed our required permits with the COGCC nearly seven months ago, agreed to an extension of the COGCC public comment period and have requested a hearing simply to advance the process and gain some level of predictability in order to safely plan and perform our operations. We have the ultimate respect for the task that the COGCC is charged with performing, fully support the public process and continue to welcome the local community’s input at the upcoming hearing.
Finally, I want to express how privileged we are to live and work in Colorado. We recently moved our corporate headquarters to Denver, and many of our employees call western Colorado home. We are proud to be part of the West Slope Way where we can engage in meaningful and respectful conversations to develop reasonable solutions.
vice president, Ursa Operating Co.
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