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San Francisco Chronicle

Sunday, January 18, 2009

DEVELOPMENT: Oil shale development grabs more water

WHAT IT MEANS: Royal Dutch Shell has filed a claim on about an eighth of the spring flow in Colorado’s Yampa River. If the claim survives the expected legal challenges, Shell will use that water to extract and process shale oil. But focusing on the Yampa misses a larger point. Shell and other companies, including Chevron and EGL Resources, have been collecting water rights on the Colorado and White rivers for decades in hope of exploiting the shale deposits beneath Wyoming, Utah and Colorado.

– Terray Sylvester

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