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Old 03-09-2009   #1
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Shell wants water from Yampa River

More on Shell's request to draw water from the Yampa River in today's (only) Denver paper. Plus cool pic of Tiger Wall...

Water plan hits wall of foes - The Denver Post

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Old 03-09-2009   #2
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Attention: The Dinosaur National Mounment Lottory for all future Yampa River Permits has been cancelled due to lack of water!

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Old 03-09-2009   #3
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A few "facts"
The proposed reservoir is not on the main-stem of the Yampa.
The water right application is for 375 cfs, and would probably have the most significant impact to recreation during the "shoulders" of runoff.
Here's a link to the water court application, Case No. 08CW90, click on Dec 2008 Resume:
Colorado State Judicial Branch - Courts - Water Courts - Water Division Six
Not saying it's a good or bad idea.

Now some not facts, just speculation: there may be some short-term benefits to this water right for the basin. The Shell water right would probably never be diverted unless Oil Shale development starts in the Piceance Basin. Until then, this water right (if approved) may prevent Front Range export as proposed by Northern and others by appropriating a large share of the remaining un-appropriated Yampa flows. Ultimately, someone in Colorado will stake claim to excess Yampa flows, probably near Maybell. Unfortunately, it's a matter of time (and money).
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Old 03-09-2009   #4
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I would love to see an oil shale project that only runs during "wet" years! Colorado needs that water to deliver to California - How low will it go? — High Country News
Every new claim just means one more farmer eventually bought out by Denver Water. I guarantee that the maxim that water runs uphill towards money hasn't been reversed - allowing Shell's claim isn't going to stop the Front Range from gobbling more water. is offline   Reply With Quote

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