Have you noticed how most of the pundits touting Colorado oil shale as our energy salvation live east of the Mississippi River?
I'm talking about you, Glenn Reynolds, there in soggy Tennessee.
They just do not understand the water issues wrapped up with the shale issues. You can't just snap your fingers and create more than 300,000 acre-feet of water in the over-appropriated upper Colorado River basin, as the Colorado Independent explains.
“A dominant finding is oil shale development, along with its associated power production, could require tremendous amounts of water, up to 378,300 acre-feet annually,” concludes the Energy Development Water Needs Assessment, which was funded by grants from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and the Colorado Water Conservation Board.
So if you take the water for shale development, which ox gets gored? Denver? Las Vegas? Los Angeles? Phoenix?
UPDATE: Welcome, View from the Porch readers. For more education on Western water issues, visit Coyote Gulch. To see what we mean by "river" in the Southwest, go here.