Coloroado Tests Whether Drilling and Suburbia Can Coexist

"PARACHUTE — From his deck, Bob Arrington can hear the rustle of aspens and the chirp of birds. He can see the golf course; Battlement Mesa, still spring green, to the south; and Roan Plateau, pink and tan, to the north. Soon he may also be able to see a drilling rig — right near the sixth hole.

Denver-based Antero Resources plans to drill 200 wells at nine sites in this Garfield County development of homes, schools and stores that takes its name from the soaring mesa.

"Drilling here doesn't make sense, but, at a minimum, we want to make sure it is done in a way that protects our health and safety," Arrington said."

Mark Jaffe reports for the Denver Post June 19, 2011.

Source: Denver Post, 06/20/2011