BLM is holding hearings on oil shale development

DENVER (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management plans a series of hearings in the West on the impacts of oil shale development. The hearings began Tuesday, April 26, in Salt Lake City, UT after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar decided to take a fresh look at a federal oil shale plan that was released in 2008 by the Bush administration. That plan would open 2 million acres of Western public lands to oil shale research and development. The potential impacts include water pollution, huge power needs, and boom-bust economic risks.  Hearings are planned in Colorado on May 3 in Rifle and May 4 in Denver.

From the BLM’s press statement:
“The public is being invited to submit comments and concerns on potential resource issues that should be discussed in the NEPA analysis, including input on historic and cultural resources within the areas proposed for land use plan amendment.”

May 3:  Rifle, Colorado
Colorado Mountain College, West Garfield Campus
3695 Airport Rd, Main Auditorium, Rifle, CO 81650
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

May 4:  Denver, Colorado
Denver West Marriott, 1717 Denver West Blvd
Golden, CO 80401
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Other dates and locations:

April 27:  Price, Utah – Holiday Inn Hotel, 838 Westwood Blvd, Price, (435) 637-8880, San Rafael/Skyline Meeting Room ; (1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.)

April 28:  Vernal, Utah – Uintah Basin Applied Technology Center, 450 North 2000 West, Vernal, (435) 725-7100, Multi Use Rooms #1, 2, 3 (1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.)

April 29:  Rock Springs, Wyoming – BLM Rock Springs Field Office, 280 Highway 191 North, Rock Springs, WY. (1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.)

May 5:  Cheyenne, Wyoming – The Holiday Inn, 204 West Fox Farm Road, Cheyenne, WY (1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.)

Reminder – Draft 2 Battlement Mesa HIA/EHMS

The cutoff for public comments is 5:00 pm MDT April 27, 2011.
Please take the time to make your voice heard. Comments must be submitted in writing to:

The Battlement Mesa HIA
c/o Roxana Witter
Colorado School of Public Health
13001 East 17th Place B119
Aurora, CO 80045

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2 Comments on “BLM is holding hearings on oil shale development”

  1. Bob Berwyn Says:

    Hi, Did you go the hearing? If so, did you write anything about them? Would love to hear from/talk to some people that were there!

  2. Peggy Tibbetts Says:

    Hi Bob — the meetings in Rifle are today. I can’t make it to the afternoon session but I’m going to try and get over there for 2-nite’s session.

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