Battlement Mesa draft looks at drilling impacts

DENVER — A draft assessment of potential health impacts of natural gas drilling in Battlement Mesa in western Colorado says residents would most likely be affected by chemical exposures through air emissions during development, accidents, and increased noise and traffic.

The Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver released its second draft today. Garfield County commissioners requested the report in May after residents voiced concerns about drilling. Antero Resources has proposed drilling up to 200 wells within Battlement Mesa, where about 5,000 people live.

The school plans to release a final version of the report April 30.

The draft says Battlement Mesa’s primary water supply should be fine, but efforts are needed to monitor and protect the community’s secondary drinking water supply.


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