Thursday, April 26, 2012

Vernal hosts oil shale press conference

Efforts to pare down oil shale and tar sand acreages for leasing proposed by the Obama administration have state and local government officials pushing back.

A press conference with officials from Colorado, Utah and Wyoming was held in Vernal on Tuesday for the group to publicly voice their discontent.

At stake — 2 million acres and nearly 2 trillion potential barrels of oil — which officials say will be effectively shut off from energy development should the revised federal plan go through.
The new plan reduces lease lands to just over 461,000 acres: 35,308 in Colorado; 252,181 in Utah; and 174,476 in Wyoming with 91,045 acres in Utah for tar sands.  The Vernal Express