Commercial oil shale isn't ready for prime time and no amount of posturing by industry or its their front groups such as Environmentally Conscious Consumers for Oil Shale, ECCOS, will change that. This has been an established fact since 1890, 1977 and now!
There may come a day when commercial oil shale development is viable and if it does, we as a community can decide how to proceed while still protecting our water. In the meantime, the oil shale industry should get its facts straight and stop misrepresenting the stance of other stakeholders, such as local governments, water groups and sportsmen.
This is a backwards way to democracy. They'd be better off spending their time trying to come up with viable commercial technology, which they've failed to do despite decades of taxpayer investments, than spreading misinformation.