Antero acts on residents’ concerns
Proposed well pad and pipeline changes by Antero Resources at Battlement Mesa include an offer to help fund a park in the community.
The company has offered to eliminate one well pad and move two others in response to residents’ concerns. One pad would end up on land managed by the Parachute/Battlement Mesa Parks and Recreation District.
As part of the proposal, Antero would donate $75,000 to the district for park facilities elsewhere. In addition, it has offered to accelerate payment of $125,000 of the $1 million it already promised to the Battlement Mesa Service Association. The association last week voted to commit the $125,000 toward a community park. The park district tentatively is planning to build the park on six acres near the new Grand Valley Middle School.
“I feel that this is something that is in the very best interests of our community,” said Keith Lammey, president of the service association.
He said Battlement Mesa has no full-fledged parks, only a few “pocket parks.”
Mary Anderson, executive director of the parks district, said the district has been in discussions with Antero over the proposal for more than a year. She said youth in Battlement Mesa currently must go to Parachute to get to a park.
Service association board member Bob Arrington was one of two members of the board to vote against the association’s participation. He worried the board was acting too quickly.
“It was the type of thing where I don’t think anyone in the room understood the full ramifications yet,” he said.
Antero is planning to drill up to 200 wells in the community. Dave Devanney, co-chairman of the group Battlement Concerned Citizens, said Antero’s new plan is an improvement over the old one.
It includes moving one proposed well pad to a point equidistant from two residential areas, Stone Ridge Village and Willow Ridge/Park Apartments. Devanney said a key improvement is eliminating a plan to run a gas pipeline beneath power lines, which had raised safety concerns.
Antero held numerous community meetings about its drilling plans, and the new proposal came out of them, said Kevin Kilstrom, a company vice president.
“At every one of those meetings we’ve said, ‘Hey, we’re willing to look at all opportunities to improve this plan,’” Kilstrom said.