Posted by: Bob Payne | August 20, 2011

Oil Shale Development and Western Water Supply: A House of Cards

At a time when management of the Colorado River Basin water supply is facing unprecedented challenges due to over allocation and climate change, energy companies are proposing to move forward with oil shale development – a water intensive, inefficient source of energy that could become a major producer of greenhouse gas pollution. NRDC’s new report Between a Rock and a Dry Place explores the potential impacts of oil shale development on water supplies in the Basin and on the region’s agricultural economy, water quality, protected species and natural environment.

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