Oil Shale Fact Sheet: Background

Monday, January 12, 2009

At the tail end of the Bush presidency, the Bureau of Land Management worked overtime to grease the skids for turning over large tracks of western public lands to international oil companies that want to commercially develop the West’s oil shale resources, no matter the environmental, economic, and social costs to our wild lands and local communities.

Commercial oil shale development relies on unproven, environmentally destructive, and economically dubious technologies that are decades away from commercial readiness. The oil shale industry doesn’t even know if technologies will work— so what’s the rush?

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