Farmers buy ads thanking Salazar’s oil-shale plans |

Farmers buy ads thanking Salazar’s oil-shale plans

DENVER – Farmers in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico have bought newspaper ads thanking U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for what they say is his cautious approach with oil shale development.

The ads by the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union appeared Friday in The (Grand Junction) Daily Sentinel, The Pueblo Chieftain, the Alamosa Valley Courier and the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. The ad will appear Saturday in the Casper Star-Tribune.

Salazar is opting for smaller-scale oil-shale leases that he says are environmentally sensitive.

Farmers say they are concerned about the potential impacts oil-shale development can have on the West’s water.

National Oil Shale Association Executive Director Glenn Vawter says semi-commercial projects are necessary to answer questions about oil-shale development.

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