From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon):
Tipton’s 3rd Congressional District includes the world’s largest deposits of oil shale, a sedimentary rock that, when heated, releases a petroleum substance that can be refined into transportation and other fuels.
Across the state line, U.S. Rep. Scott Matheson, D-Utah, said he disagreed with the announcement by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Bureau of Land Management Director Robert Abbey to revisit the decisions made under the administration of George W. Bush.
Federal officials are looking over progress made in Utah, where a company with a research-and-development leases says it is producing petroleum with far less water than previous efforts.
“Because of advances made by Utah companies, the effect of oil shale development on water supplies may be greatly reduced,” Matheson said in a statement. “I am an advocate for a level playing field when it comes to access to leasing, so that these emerging technologies are able to compete.”
More coverage from the High Plains Midwest/Ag Journal. From the article:
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union President Kent Peppler praised Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s announcement that Interior will look closely at water issues and agricultural impacts as the discussion of oil shale development moves forward.
“Secretary Salazar described water use as an essential issue in the oil shale debate, and we couldn’t agree more,” Peppler said. “Most of the oil shale lands are on the Colorado River basin, which has been over-allocated from the beginning of the interstate compact. We need to know how much water oil shale developers need, where they expect to get it, and what condition it will be in when they are through with it. Agriculture is the cornerstone of Colorado’s economy and the basis for America’s food security. The secretary understands this, and we urge him to keep it in his thoughts as we move forward slowly on oil shale development.”