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Oil Shale and Tar Sands
UPDATE as of September 2023
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.
Independent Technical Memorandum: Greenhouse Gas & Water Footprints of Oil Shale & Tar Sands Resources & Projects in the Upper Colorado River Basin. 2018, EcoShift. The Executive Summary of this report is HERE.TAR SANDS
Inventory of Tar Sand Deposits in Utah
Federal Lands (BLM)
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
DOCUMENTS for Oil Shale
DOCUMENTS for Tar Sands
Piceance Basin (Western Colorado)
Exxon Mobil RD&D
Natural Soda RD&D
Shell Frontier RD&D
Maps: Piceance Basin RD&D
Uinta Basin (Eastern Utah)
Wyoming (Upper Green River Basin)