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Water Constraints among Investor Risks from Unproven Fuel Extraction Technologies

Mancos Shale part of Mount Garfield, east of Grand Junction, Colorado.

A recent report from Ceres details the risks to investors of the unproven extraction technologies of oil shale and coal-to-liquid fuels, according to the SocialFunds.com press release.  The report, entitled Investor Risks from Development of Oil Shale and Coal-to-Liquids, details a number of risks with both of these technologies that are not new, but are considered “still in the early stages of development,” according to the report.  Read more about the risks and what investors can do.

Among the risks reported are:

  • water constraints, especially for oil shale development in water-stressed western states.
  • current and potential regulatory efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change are risks to both technologies which are carbon-intensive.
  • the price of oil, as the development of both technologies is contingent upon high oil prices.
  • public opposition to unproven technologies.

The report recommends the following investor actions:

For more information on Investor risks from unproven fuel extraction technologies read the full report here:  Investor Risks from Development of Oil Shale and Coal-to-Liquids.

Image Credit:  dsearls via Flickr under CC license.

Written by Emily DeMasi

Emily McKinin DeMasi is a 2011 MBA/ MA Public Policy candidate and Peace Corps Fellow at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Her thesis work concerns Corporate Social Responsibility in the United States. She also works as a Research Fellow at Bridgeway Capital, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in downtown Pittsburgh. Emily has worked as an Associate in a Private Equity Placement Firm in NY and as a Water and Sanitation Volunteer in Ivory Coast, West Africa. She hopes to combine her business background with her passion for development and inspire others in the fields of Sustainability and CSR.

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