West's scarce water resources could be overburdened by oilshale work

Posted: Dec 7, 2010

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The Salt Lake Tribune

It would be bad for the Western United States to run out of energy. It would be much worse for it to run out of water.

And, as there are a lot more energy sources than there are water sources out here in the arid West, it would be folly itself to pursue even a truly promising new energy supply if it had a high likelihood of consuming or polluting our all-too-limited water supply.

That is what the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, was on about recently when it issued a call for more research and coordination among the agencies that will be involved in planned efforts to unlock the maybe 3 trillion barrels of oil now trapped in oil shale deposits in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.

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