An environmental review of oil shale development
in Colorado,Wyoming and Utah is officially under way.
The federal Bureau of Land Management is taking public comments
through January 31st on issues that should be part of the review.
Public hearings will be held in the region starting in January and will include a meeting in Rifle. Congress has told the B.L.M. to complete one large environmental impact statement on oil shale development on millions of acres of land in the three states.
Previous efforts to tap oil locked in the rock have failed,but soaring oil prices have made the prospect of trying again more attractive. Some estimates have said there is enough oil to be developed from the mineral to last the nation for several decades.
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