Right now, huge tracts of public lands in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are available for commercial oil shale development with sweetheart terms for oil companies and few environmental protections.
What's oil shale? Simply put, it's the dirtiest fossil fuel in the world. It is rock that needs to be mined, processed, and burned at extremely high temperatures (using extraordinary amounts of water) to yield useful fuel.
The sheer amount of energy required means that, under the oil companies' current development plans, 10 new coal-fired power plants would have to be built throughout Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming! The massive amount of water needed would constitute life changing impacts to people and wildlife in the arid western states where oil companies want to set up shop.
It's time to move our nation away from dirty fossil fuel dependency. At the same time, much can be done to better manage our public lands and help our economy. In fact, protecting our public lands is essential for economic recovery.
Please help us put oil shale projects on hold, by signing our petition to the Bureau of Land Management. Your action will help ensure that public lands in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming are not sacrificed to reckless, dirty, and economically unviable oil shale development.
Oil shale development must not take place unless it can be done in a way that protects our nation's air, water, wildlife, and other resources fundamental to our nation's environmental health and to the economic health of local communities.
Please do not commit any additional federal resources to oil shale development until current, ongoing research and development activities on federal lands can prove this resource can be developed safely.
Thank you for considering my comments.