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Oil Shale and Tar Sands

Main Canyon in the East Tavaputs Plateau
Main Canyon in the East Tavaputs Plateau

Oil shale and tar sands remains a speculative industry in the arid lands of the Colorado Plateau. A general lack of water is why the industry will never be viable. If the oil corporations buy the water from farmers, that would create food insecurity and increase dependance on transportation fuels to import food from other watersheds; ever-expanding metropolises covet that same water too.

Even if alternative chemical washes are used to separate bitumen from sand, for example, it still requires 2 barrels of water to refine a single barrel of synthetic crude. What this extraction will accomplish is physical damage to the Colorado River  watershed, which supplies culinary water to nearly 30 million people. It  will also create more CO2 in the atmosphere, which is the #1 killer of  the Rocky Mountain snowpack, which provides 85% of the Colorado River's  total annual water supply. Our watershed needs investors to create a  reliable energy supply that will heal the water supply of the Colorado  River, not destroy it.

CLICK HERE to read information about the Programmatic EIS for oil shale and tar sands in Wyoming, Colorado and Utah

CLICK HERE to watch the first documentary about Utah unconventional fuel called Last Rush for the Wild West: Tar Sands. Oil Shale and the American Frontier.

TAR SANDS

Inventory of Tar Sand Deposits in Utah

Federal Lands (BLM)

  • NOTE: there are no tar sands in Colorado or Wyoming.
  • 2008 - Total identified is 430,686 acres
  • 2012 - The proposed preferred alternative identifies 91,045 acres
  • RECORD OF DECISION (Issued March 22, 2013)
State Land (SITLA)

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

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DOCUMENTS for Oil Shale

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DOCUMENTS for Tar Sands

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ECONOMIC VIABILITY

WATER

OIL SHALE

Piceance Basin (Western Colorado)

DOCUMENT ARCHIVE

Chevron RD&D

EGL Resources

Exxon Mobil RD&D

Natural Soda RD&D

Shell Frontier RD&D

Maps: Piceance Basin RD&D

 

Uinta Basin (Eastern Utah)

 

Wyoming  (Uper Green River Basin)




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