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  • Main Title Water Rights Related to Oil Shale Development in the Upper Colorado River Basin


  • Author: Brougher, Cynthia
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: American Law Division


  • Name: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.
    Place of Publication: Washington D.C.


  • Creation: 2008-11-18


  • English


  • Content Description: Concerns over fluctuating oil prices and declining petroleum production worldwide have revived interest in oil shale as a potential resource. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-58) identified oil shale as a strategically important domestic resource and directed the Department of the Interior to promote commercial development. Oil shale development would require significant amounts of water, however, and water supply in the Colorado River Basin, where several oil shale reserves are located, is limited. This report will provide a brief overview of water rights in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, including changes that may be made to currently held water rights and the possibility for abandonment of unused water rights.


  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Energy
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Oil shales
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Petroleum
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Fossil fuels
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Water resources
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Water rights
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Water law and legislation
  • Keyword: Colorado River


  • Place Name: United States - Colorado
  • Place Name: United States - Utah
  • Place Name: United States - Wyoming


  • Name: Congressional Research Service Reports
    Code: CRSR


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • CRS Report Number: RS22986
  • Accession or Local Control No: RS22986_2008Nov18
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metacrs10824