Letters to the editor
Praise for Carla Ferrand
I would like the community to know how lucky and blessed we are to have Carla Ferrand as our Garfield County extension agent. Mrs. Ferrand is the extension associate/county liaison, CSU extension agent for 4-H. Carla stepped in as a volunteer during a time when the 4-H program had no agent or leadership. She helped the youth organize and accomplish a huge event about one year ago; 4-H Achievement Night. She then started helping 4-H part time to fill in the gaps and give leadership, all while still holding her full-time job. When she was offered a full-time position, the 4-H families were elated. Carla has hit the ground running in her role as mentor, teacher, leader and so much more. She has taken the youth on multiple trips over the summer both fun and educational. She has used her plethora of knowledge to finalize charters, petition for grants and donations and train and educate us all. She never backs down from a challenge and is always looking ahead with ideas to make the 4-H program better. She played a big part in the success in this year’s fair with her new ideas and excellent organization. She continues to give her time to after-school programs.
Carla has a positive attitude that is shown through her new title. Her upbeat personality is spread throughout the youth in 4-H, which makes the whole program better. We are so very happy she is our 4-H agent and want to thank her for her genuine care and dedication. I hope all of Garfield County will acknowledge what an asset we have in Carla Ferrand as our 4-H extension agent. The good she does for the youth is a benefit for the whole county now and in the future.
Gas drilling — are you next?
In 1998 my husband and I bought land in Battlement Mesa from the Battlement Mesa Company and built a house. Now we’re finding out that the company didn’t register with Garfield County the potential drilling pads within the community until 1999. They continued selling property and homes without disclosing this. There were no drilling rigs to be seen in 1998. That’s probably because up to 1995 Colorado had 160-acre well spacing. Then the Energy Department allowed one to be drilled per 80 acres. Next, in1997 our very own Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved one per 40 acres; in 1998 one per 20 acres; and in 2003 one per 10 acres. In 2007 multiple wells (now up to 25) from one well pad were approved. With 40-acre spacing, well pads were kept in rural areas. Since the drilling boom in the 2000s, our community has been surrounded by drilling pads. Because we are a PUD (Planned Unit Development) and have strict covenants, the gas companies placed their pads just outside our perimeter and have been drilling multiple natural gas wells from each pad, accessing the minerals beneath us using directional drilling (up to 2,500 feet) and fracking.
Now they can access almost all of these minerals underneath us from outside our PUD. The proposed Phase I of Ursa and B. Mesa Co. would put well pads inside the PUD — one by the Colorado River and near our water intake and another within 1,000 feet of homes. There also would be a high-pressure gas line along the back yards of 22 homes. The next two phases would include two well pads along our award-winning golf course and one below a village of homes, plus an injection well. With an oversupply of gas and low natural gas prices, why is this proposal on the table now? Are we the test case for all of Colorado? If they can come into a PUD, then they can drill anywhere. Will the COGCC and our county commissioners protect us and deny this special use permit
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