These rigs are out of sight

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Photo by Christopher Tomlinson

A drilling rig and high fencing sit in a Battlement Mesa neighborhood. The new rig is 50 feet shorter than a typical drilling rig and nearly hides behind a 32-foot-tall sound wall that Ursa has erected around the pad where it has begun drilling wells at its first Battlement Mesa pad.


Company trying new tactics to minimize drilling impacts

BATTLEMENT MESA — A rig that has begun drilling some of the first of many natural gas wells Ursa Resources plans to develop in this western Garfield County residential community stands out in the sense that it doesn’t stand out.

Mental hospital caught in pinch

Prospects for Mesa County’s 2018 budget are growing brighter, but accompanying that comes the growing likelihood that the county will be unable to help with construction of a new mental-health hospital in Grand Junction.




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