Sunday, January 15, 2006

Green Car Congress: BLM Meetings on Oil Shale and Tar Sands Development Surface the Water Issue

The Alaska National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) is not the only bit of public land which the oil companies are eyeing. There is the Oil Shale lands of Wyoming and Utah which are back up for consideration. The high oil price means that places like the oil shale, where extracting the oil is difficult, are again "economically" sensible.

In BLM Meetings on Oil Shale and Tar Sands Development Surface the Water Issue, the Green Car Congress folk talk about one ecological cost. Water. Water is a scarce resource in the West, and extracting oil from the oil shale will use tremendous amounts of water. The West is currently in the worst drought in over 500 years, and they (the oil companies) want to drastically increase water usage?


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