April 9, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Grand Junction Daily Sentinel "Oil shale resolution takes dig at government"

(See lesser coverage of the same story by GSPI here)  

Gary Harmon:
"Garfield County will lead the way among several oil shale counties in three western states when its County Commission today debates a resolution lambasting the federal government for its handling of oil shale.

Garfield and Rio Blanco counties are home to the richest deposits of oil shale on the globe, and as such, Garfield County Commissioner John Martin said, “We’re probably the first ones out” with the resolution.
Environmental organizations, however, prepared a fact sheet questioning the economic viability and water requirements cited in the resolution and questioned whether the resolution was drafted by the industry.

The resolution criticizes the U.S. Department of Energy for abdicating “the responsibility Congress placed upon it to defend and uphold a viable oil shale energy program” and hammers at the Bureau of Land Management as being steered “by a host of anti-oil shale, pro-wilderness groups.”

One thing that rankles officials from the oil shale counties is an agreement reached between environmental groups and the Interior Department on lawsuits settled under President Barack Obama after being filed against the department under President George W. Bush....." (Read more?  Click title)

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