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Discussion on drilling in Battlement PUD continues

Upcoming meetings

What: Battlement Concerned Citizens community meeting

When: 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31

Where: Grand Valley Fire Station, 124 Stone Quarry Road

What: Ursa Operating Company community meeting

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2

Where: Grand Valley Fire Station, 124 Stone Quarry Road

What: Public hearing before the Garfield County Planning Commission

When: 6 p.m. Sept. 23

Where: Commissioners hearing room, 108 Eighth St., Glenwood Springs

Ursa Operating Co. will host its final planned community meeting Wednesday — two days after a resident-organized community meeting — regarding its plans to drill inside the Battlement Mesa Planned Unit Development.

In mid-August, phase one of those plans cleared an early but significant hurdle in the Garfield County permitting process when the development department ruled the operator’s applications complete.

A hearing on the applications before the Garfield County Planning Commission is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 23 in the commissioners hearing room in Glenwood Springs.

Speaking at the last community meeting hosted by Ursa in Battlement Mesa Aug. 17, Fred Jarman, director of Garfield County community development, explained that a determination of complete status simply translates to having the necessary documents to begin a more in-depth review of the plans.

Phase one includes two pads — the BMC B Pad and BMC D Pad — totaling 53 wells, as well as an approximately 2.5-mile pipeline. Plans to extricate the natural gas within the PUD date back several decades, and have been met with questions and concerns from some residents.

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Ursa has organized the community meetings — the fifth and final in the series is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Grand Valley Fire Station — in an attempt to answer questions on its plans to drill in the PUD.

In response to the county’s decision to host the first public hearing in Glenwood Springs, the group Battlement Concerned Citizens, which has voiced concerns over the operator’s plans, will host a meeting Monday starting at 6 p.m. at the Grand Valley Fire Station.

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