Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, Club 20 endorse Bush-era vision for leasing; farmers, river users not happy
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Community and environmental advocates in Colorado say a mid-October press event touting support for a Bush-era oil shale leasing plan was engineered as a publicity stunt by an energy industry front group.
“We’re disappointed in the Chamber. Local businesses deserve better,” said Adventure Bound River Expeditions owner Tom Kleinschnitz. “Colorado just went through our worst drought in ten years. Now is not the time to jeopardize the Colorado River – and the jobs that depend on that river – with costly oil shale speculation,” Kleinschnitz said. Continue reading “Colorado: More wrangling over oil shale leasing plan”→
Conservation groups say the leases conflict with renewable energy goals
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — While the best available science suggests that there is very little — if any — net energy gain from oil shale development, several companies are apparently still interested in trying to wring a few drops of oil from the crumbly rock in Western Colorado and Utah.
The Bureau of Land Management announced this week it is issuing a second round of research leases to three companies, Exxon-Mobil, Natural Soda, and Aura Source, to test and develop oil shale production technologies on federal lands.
Conservation groups oppose this second round of leases because the energy and water intensive processes and resultant high carbon dioxide emissions run counter to the best interests of western states and the nation.