18 Aug '11, 8pm

New Report: Colorado River water in peril if #oil shale development continues

How many alarms can you sleep through? Two or three, maybe? How about ten years’ worth, or twenty, or thirty? Over the last several decades, the weight of evidence has steadily grown that the Colorado River is over-allocated – there are more demands being placed on the river system than can be sustained over time. The river plays a major role in the economic and physical infrastructure of all seven basin states, but the most significant collective accomplishment in recent years has been to come up with a formula for allocating shortages, rather than a strategy for averting the significant train wrecks that lie ahead. A new report from NRDC on the potential impacts of oil shale development on Colorado River water supplies offers yet another wake up call. The nascent oil shale industry has the potential to draw significant quantities of water from the Upper Colorado Basin – ...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/eosann/yet_another_wake...

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