BLM to take a "fresh look" at commercial oil shale development
The BLM is initiating a planning process for the future of oil shale development in the West, based on Secretary Salazar’s decision in February to take a fresh look at the oil shale plan that was released in 2008, which opened up 2 million acres of western public lands to oil shale.
The affected area includes parts of northwest Colorado, southwest Wyoming and northeast Utah. Look at maps of possible affected areas.
Oil shale research and development will continue through this planning process. With 3 new research leases just approved by Secretary Salazar and 6 research leases issued in 2007, industry will continue to try to develop technologies to unleash oil shale. Techniques for oil shale development remain in the research and development phase, meaning that it is difficult (if not impossible) for the BLM to determine what the actual impacts of large-scale commercial development would be. The question at hand is whether millions of acres of western landscapes should be opened for leasing before technologies to responsibly extract this resource have been developed and the impacts fully understood. Please let the BLM know what you think about the potential implications of oil shale development in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.
The BLM is accepting public scoping comments through May 16, 2011
Comments can be submitted electronically at http://blm.gov/st5c or by mail to: BLM Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources Leasing Programmatic EIS Scoping Argonne National Laboratory, EVS 240 9700 S. Cass Avenue Argonne, Illinois 60439
The BLM is hosting a series of public meetings
April 29 in Rock Springs, Wyoming - BLM Rock Springs Field Office, 280 Highway 191 North, Rock Springs, WY. (1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.) May 3 in Rifle, Colorado - Colorado Mountain College, West Garfield Campus, 3695 Airport Rd, Main Auditorium, Rifle, CO 8165(1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.) May 4 in Golden, Colorado - Denver West Marriott, 1717 Denver West Blvd, Golden, CO 80401(1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.) May 5 in Cheyenne, Wyoming - The Holiday Inn, 204 West Fox Farm Road, Cheyenne, WY (1:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.)