Water Availability Could Limit Oil Shale Industry: GAO

Law360, New York (November 30, 2010, 6:10 PM EST) -- Though oil shale deposits in the Rocky Mountain West are estimated to contain up to 3 trillion barrels of oil, a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office said the size of the industry may become limited by water availability.

The report, released Monday, said the construction of roads and production facilities, the withdrawal of water from streams and aquifers and underground mining — along with other aspects of oil shale development — could have significant impacts on the quality and quantity of water resources in...
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