Downstream users trouble over shale drilling and Colorado River supply, quality
Written byThe Associated Press
Communities across the West are demanding limits on oil shale drilling along the Colorado River over concerns the thirst for oil could lead to polluted water supplies for millions of people.
The worries have prompted proposals to limit acreage available for leasing.
Officials in Nevada and Arizona sent letters to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar expressing concerns about the need to protect Colorado River water quality and quantity. Others back a Bureau of Land Management proposal to sharply reduce acreage available for possible leasing in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.VIEW ORIGINAL ARTICLE