On Monday, a group of Battlement Mesa residents spoke against a possible well pad at a regular meeting for the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) in Rifle.
The residents urged the COGCC to deny a new well pad in their neighborhood. The “A pad,” as its called, would add 24 new natural gas wells, plus an injection well, all proposed by Ursa Resources.
Dave Devanney, a member of Battlement Concerned Citizens, told commissioners the well pads already in existence have taken their toll.
"[There have been] odor problems," Devanney said, "with incidences of respiratory and eye irritation, and unknown long term health impacts."
The new pad would lie within 1,000 feet of the Colorado River to one side and dozens of homes on the other.
The commissioners also heard from many people employed by the natural gas industry, who underscored its economic benefits.