Mesa County blasts BLM oil shale plan

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Once the green agenda has locked out the energy companies from all the commercially viable energy producing lands, the price of oil will skyrocket and oil shale will certainly be cost effective to develop at $200 a barrel for oil.

Thank you for your balanced reporting on this meeting. For the record, Benita Phillips is the President of Western Colorado Congress of Mesa County, which is a member of but not the same as Western Colorado Congress. The President of Western Colorado Congress is Gretchen Nicholoff.

For M. Todd Miskel, nobody in the environmental community is trying to lock out energy companies. Before you parrot the oil and gas talking points, you should actually read the PEIS, which is located at the BLM website. The proposal is to SUPPORT research and development on oil shale, but limit the leasing of commercial parcels until there is a proven technology that will guarantee recovery of this precious resource.

The county’s resolution says oil produced from shale “has been proven beyond a doubt to be technically and economically viable,” while one of the commissioners who voted for it says it’s unknown whether production is commercially viable.

I suppose the first statement is true if you’re talking about North Dakota formations vs. Western Colorado’s, but the second is closer to the truth. Limiting leases now doesn’t hamper research. It prevents oil companies from buying up public assets now at non-viable commercially prices, instead of later when the leases will be worth more.

Shale oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing companies are having to continue “development” because their leases have time limits.  If this were true of public land leases for oil shale, companies would be forced to start “production” long before “production” was viable and ready.  Imagine huge bucket loaders diggng in Rabbit Valley.

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