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November 18, 2008 01:24 AM UTC

"Midnight Oil Shale," Anyone?

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  • by: Colorado Pols

As the Denver Post reports:

Colorado Democratic lawmakers say the Bush administration is rushing out with flawed rules for commercial oil shale development before the clock runs out on its time in office.

“These regulations are premature and flawed,” Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., said Monday. “The Bush administration has fallen into the trap of allowing political timelines to trump sound policy.”

Salazar’s spokesman, Matt Lee-Ashley, said the timeline Salazar was referring to is the end of the Bush administration next January.

Salazar said the administration doesn’t yet know where the water and energy will come to extract oil from shale-or if process is even viable on a commercial scale.

“Rather than completing the necessary research and development, the Bush administration is rushing ahead with rules for a development process they know little about,” he said.

Sen.-elect Mark Udall echoed most of Salazar’s complaints and said the administration is “ignoring the preferences of Colorado communities, particularly those on the Western Slope.”

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7 thoughts on ““Midnight Oil Shale,” Anyone?

    1. Don’t they realize they’ll get all that water back from the Springs via Fountain Creek? True it will be loaded with raw sewage and e.coli, but that ain’t Doug Bruce’s problem…

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        Colorado Springs has used 3-stage treatment before putting treated effluent back into the creek.  Nowadays its an advanced 4-stage treatment.  

        Raw sewage and e. coli do flow into the creek during some heavy storm runoff events, admittedly.  But that doesn’t happen often, and it’s 30+ miles from the outflow to the city of Pueblo.  

        You are defending what is effectively a taking of Colorado Springs’ water ?

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        1. The lawsuits against Colorado Springs for their repeated sewage spills into Fountain Creek, and the Springs’ endless delay, misdirection, and insistence that it was always somebody else’s problem, are notorious around the country.

          Do you deny this?

  1. Since the Bush Administration has just gone and revisited their failed attempts to drill right up against the borders of Arches National Park and other parks (as well as in sensitive areas of Colorado like Desolation Canyon), does it really surprise anyone that Bush is also trying to ram oil shale down our throats on his way out the door?

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