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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Re: “GAO says more research needed on oil shale, water”

This AP story missed a key point in the new government report on oil shale – namely, that we have enough water to begin a small commercial oil shale industry right now, if we choose to use some of our water for energy production.

This is a key point, because we won’t fully understand the water issue until we begin small-scale commercial development, including work on federal lands where the richest oil shale deposits are located.



Another key point many people choose to ignore is that large-scale commercial development of oil shale will not occur any time soon. Some people like to discuss oil shale in highly exaggerated terms, using decades-old water-use estimates and talking as though a massive oil shale industry will pop-up tomorrow. This simply cannot and should not happen. A market-driven oil shale industry will start small and grow slowly in the coming decades. As this small industry advances, we’ll see, first-hand, the impacts to water. During this time, we can develop new water-saving technologies, and we will constantly assess the costs-and-benefits of oil shale development.

Water use and protection are top priorities for companies now working in oil shale. Environmentalists are right to say that water is an issue. But, it is not an insurmountable problem or a reason to stop oil shale research right now. For instance, some companies say their processes will use less than one barrel of water per barrel of oil. This is far less than the GAO Report average estimate of five barrels of water per barrel of oil.



Like it or not, America will increasingly depend on oil for many decades to come, even with the development of new energy technologies and conservation practices. With this reality in mind, the choice is very clear. Shall we continue researching and innovating to see if we can develop more domestic energy resources, including oil shale? Or, shall we continue down the current road of increasing dependence on foreign energy?

Curtis Moore

Environmentally Conscious Consumers for Oil Shale

Grand Junction

I have a deep concern about the Rifle Animal Shelter. I recently lost a puppy and was told he had been turned over to them. I called to identify him and he was there. Due to medical problems I was not able to rush over and retrieve him. A week later, after staying in touch by phone, I find an ad for his adoption. I had friends that applied to adopt him; they saw him on a visit and were hung up on when they called to come to pick him up.

I have read the recent articles about the pit bulls stolen from the Rifle Animal Shelter and I wonder if these owners were treated the same way. If I could have and had known what they would do with him, I would have stolen my own dog back.

He was adopted in Rifle knowing he was mine and I am searching to get him back. He is in training as a service dog, high energy heeler/lab cross, fully vaccinated, recently groomed and a wonderful companion.

Maybe the “operation” policies at the R.A.S need to be reviewed and some “impounding” of employees who treat good families like dirt.

Janet Bridges

Rifle


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