Laramie, Wy – Colorado and Wyoming will get a grand total of two more weeks to study a federal plan for wide-scale oil shale development in the region.
The two states had requested an additional four months to review
the draft environmental impact statement..
Governors of both states have said they needed more time
to assess the potential social, environmental and economic impacts
of commercial oil shale development in the three states.
But Bureau of Land Management officials say they're already behind the schedule mandated by Congress.
Shale reserves in Colorado, Utah and southwest Wyoming are
believed to contain enough oil to supply the United States for a
century. But oil is locked in layers of hard rock, and the
technology for economically heating and extracting the liquid is