Local residents filled the Colorado Mountain College auditorium in Rifle for a November 9 special meeting before the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The BOCC voted 2-1 to direct Garfield County Oil and Gas staff to file an intervention with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to oppose Antero’s application to increase well spacing to one well per 10 acres. The county is submitting the intervention November 10 in an attempt to appear at the COGCC’s hearing on November 29.
Oil and gas production revenues for Garfield County, Colorado have dropped 56 percent in the past year, resulting in shattering reductions in upcoming property tax payouts to local taxing districts in 2011. When oil and gas total production valuation in Garfield County reached its peak last year of $3.06 billion, it provided nearly 75% of the assessed valuation, bringing in added tax revenue for fire departments and other tax-supported entities serving citizens. Then, a severe drop in the price of natural gas resulted in an across the board curtailment of drilling activity, which, along with low prices for gas being
Garfield County Public Health seeks public comments on a report regarding the potential health impact of natural gas development and production in the Battlement Mesa Planned Unit Development. Public review and comment is invited for one month, through Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 5 pm MDT. The report, released today, is a Health Impact Assessment (HIA), and was commissioned by the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners. It systematically examined currently available information regarding the environmental, social and health status of Battlement Mesa, and applied it to a review of known health impacts of natural gas drilling. The assessment was