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 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.)

Click here to speak out against oil shale!

Click here for Specific Facts About Oil Shale Development




posted on: April 10, 2011   |   posted by: petrika 

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