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BLM Water-oil Shale Coalition Letter August 2012

BLM Water-oil Shale Coalition Letter August 2012

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More than 100 individuals, business leaders, outdoor recreation organizations, farmers, ranchers, owners of wineries and breweries and others today released a letter they sent to the Bureau of Land Management to ask for a smart approach to oil shale development that protects Western water. Facing a severe drought that has impacted every region of the state, they want to ensure that any water impacts are fully evaluated before commercial development of oil shale rocks.
More than 100 individuals, business leaders, outdoor recreation organizations, farmers, ranchers, owners of wineries and breweries and others today released a letter they sent to the Bureau of Land Management to ask for a smart approach to oil shale development that protects Western water. Facing a severe drought that has impacted every region of the state, they want to ensure that any water impacts are fully evaluated before commercial development of oil shale rocks.

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August 15, 2012U.S. Bureau of Land ManagementAttn: Mike Pool1849 C Street NW, Rm. 5665Washington DC 20240Dear Acting Director Mike Pool:We are writing you today to urge your agency to protect Colorado’s water and continue to take a smartapproach to oil shale.The technology behind oil shale development is unproven and could pose an unacceptable risk toColorado’s water. No one knows just how much water would be needed for oil shale or what the fullpotential threat to water quality is in our state. However, one estimate provided by the GovernmentAccountability Office says that industrial-scale oil shale development – should it ever occur – couldrequire as much as 123 billion gallons of water. That is enough water for more than 750,000 households.Oil shale mining and processing can also leach toxic metals and pollutants into water such as seleniumand arsenic.Colorado is already facing a water crisis from this year’s drought. The Denver Post reported that WeldCounty farmers are selling off cattle and that corn fields are dying. The Town of Ouray had toaggressively seek out new water sources to meet current demand, and the reservoir for the City of Steamboat Springs was troublingly low.We have to be smart about oil shale, or we risk the future of Colorado’s farms and ranches, the ability of municipalities to meet water needs for Colorado families, or having enough water in our rivers forrecreational uses such as fishing and rafting. We do not have to choose between energy production andmeeting our water needs if we take the right approach.We support the BLM’s approach in the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for oil shaleand tar sands. The oil shale industry should be required to conduct the necessary research prior tocommercial leasing to prove that oil shale is economically viable and that it will not pose a dangerous risk to our drinking water, our agricultural industry, and our rivers.Sincerely,Kevin McInerneyActive JunkyDenverCasey HoffmanAm. Rec. ProductsBoulderChris KeeleyAngler's All Fly ShopLittleton
 
David LeinweberAngler's CoveyColorado SpringsArk AnglersBuena VistaGreg FeltArkansas River Fly ShopSalidaMatt HamiltonAspen Ski CompanySnowmassEugenia BoneAt Mesa's Edge-Cooking and Ranching in the North Fork ValleyCrawfordWendy MitchellAvalanche Dairy & Cheese CompanyBasaltTy GillespieAzura CellarsPaoniaBig Beaver Brewing CompanyLovelandJoe LivingstonBig Beaver RanchMeekerTracy and Jeff SchwartzBig B's JuiceHotchkissRosemary Bilchak and Gordon MacAlpineBig Duck Land and Cattle CompanyHotchkissBill Dvorak Bill Dvorak's Kayaking, Rafting and Fishing ExpeditionsNathropBlack Shirt BrewingDenver
 
Jim CannonBlue Quill AnglersEvergreenJohn GarlichBookcliff VineyardsBoulderAnn DoddsCanyon Marine Whitewater ExpeditionsSalidaCharlie CravenCharlie's FlyboxArvadaTom PhillipsChemical EngineerGrand JunctionPat PrichardCherry Creek AnglersParkerBill Fales and Marj PerryCold Mountain RanchCarbondaleReed DilsCollegiate Peak Anglers / Four Corners RaftingColorado Backcountry Hunters and AnglersTucker WhalenColorado Boating AdventuresLongmontTheo AnestColorado Skies Fly ShopParkerDave NickumColorado Trout UnlimitedDenverJeff CraneColorado Watershed AssemblyCarbondaleColorado Wildlife Federation

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