Gallery: Oil Shale Development in the West Threatens Hundreds of Thousa...


It seems that fracking’s ugly cousin, oil shale extraction, is roaring its ugly head in the Rockies this week as the Republican-led Congress passed a bill on the 16th to require the Bureau of Land Management to create at least five commercial lease sales on the government-held land in the Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming regions where oil shale exists. Oil shale extraction is a time-intensive and costly method of removing kerogen, from which shale oil can be extracted using special processes and can be used as a substitute for crude oil. Environmentalists argue that it is a destructive process that has not been tested fully to ensure safety to water sources and nearby wildlife. Proponents say it is a great way to create some good old American-made energy, by spending a ton of cash to destroy an ecosystem where we could instead just stick some windmills on the same land for less cost and call it a day.

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1 Comment

  1. caeman February 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I think I am in agreement with the eco-hippies on this one. Too much destruction for too little gain.

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