- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - County commissioners have approved a zoning change needed to allow a wastewater injection well in a western Colorado residential development.

The Daily Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/2pdzrwh) the Garfield County Commission approved the change Monday.

Ursa Resources has already begun drilling for natural gas in Battlement Mesa.

The company says the proposed injunction well would reduce the need to haul away groundwater that is produced by wells, reducing the traffic impact to residents.

Ursa also says the injunction well could help eliminate the need for the company to have another well pad by the community’s golf course.

Battlement Mesa residents have voiced opposition to the plan, saying it would contaminate groundwater and cause earthquakes.

Ursa Resources will have to get approved for a special-use permit under the new zoning.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, https://www.gjsentinel.com

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