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Colorado: More wrangling over oil shale leasing plan

The BlM is evaluating comments on a draft oil shale leasing plan.

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.

That may not be unusual in itself, but the group managed to entangle Club 20 and the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce in their web of deceit, and that has angered some western Colorado business owners.

“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”


BLM moves ahead with new oil shale research leases

Conservation groups say the leases conflict with renewable energy goals

An experimental Shell Oil in situ oil shale processing facility in northwest Colorado's Piceance Basin. PHOTO COURTESY THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY.

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.

At stake with oil shale development are air and water quality, and water availability in an arid region. The BLM’s decision to continue pursuing oil shale development also calls into question the Obama Administration’s commitment to reducing the amount of our nation’s climate changing carbon emissions, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Continue reading “BLM moves ahead with new oil shale research leases”