The Battlement Concerned Citizens (BCC) group appeared on December 6 to request that the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) request a hearing on three well pad site locations Antero Resources has applied for. Antero’s proposed site locations would be well pads that would host multiple oil and gas wells if the permit applications were granted by Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), which currently has them on hold. Antero spokesman David Strickland said that each of the proposed pads (known as Speakman A, Speakman B and Monument Ridge) is outside the Battlement Mesa Planned Unit Development (PUD),
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.