PARACHUTE, Colo. - Last week, News Channel Five brought you a story about a natural gas producer in Garfield County that has committed to reducing their impact on the residents of Parachute. However, a response from one local woman said she feels the impact of this industry is hurting her quiet neighborhood life.
Bonnie Smeltzer has lived in Parachute for 15 years, and is a native to the Western Slope. She lives close to some of the Ursa Resources Group's well pad sites. "If I drove in my car, I'd probably be an eighth of a mile from well pad D," said Smeltzer.
Phase Two of Ursa's plan involves constructing their final two well pads. Those last two well pads would create, in total, 55 new wells. One of the well pads is also proposing an injection well.
Injection wells take the leftover water that results from fracking, otherwise known as produced water, and use an underground system to pipe that water between different pad sites. "This particular injection well can reduce trucking in the community by the amount of 33-50 truckloads per day, for up to 25 and 30 years," said Matt Honeycutt, the operations superintendent for Ursa Resources Group.
Despite the reduction in traffic, Smeltzer still has other concerns. "I think a lot of people don't really know the impacts until they want to sell their house. And then they realize, oh, people are not really happy with having industry in the neighborhood," said Smeltzer.
The Planning and Zoning Commission of Garfield County will have a hearing of Ursa's Phase Two on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 P.M. at the Garfield County Administration Building at 108 8th Street in Glenwood Springs.
Ursa Resources Group encourages people with questions or concerns to reach out to their company. For more information visit http://ursaresources.com/.