05/19/2010 - Activists monitoring a massive natural gas drilling proposal that would see rigs sited among the homes of Western Slope retirement community Battlement Mesa say Denver-based Antero Resources appears to be putting the brakes on the plan while it participates in an unprecedented health impact study.
The Health Impact Assessment or HIA first reported by the Colorado Independent in November is a tool backed by the Pew Charitable Trusts that has been used in other parts of the world adversely impacted by oil and gas development, including Alaska. An HIA has never been conducted in the rich gas fields of Colorado.
Although Pew won’t fund the assessment – which examines air and water quality, traffic, noise and other health concerns stemming from drilling activity – it will lend some consulting expertise, according to Garfield County environmental health manager Jim Rada.
Read the full article, Battlement Natural Gas Activists Cheer Drilling Slowdown for Health Study on the Colorado Independent's Web site.