Utah's lithium extraction raises environmental concerns
In Utah, a new lithium extraction project is sparking debate over its potential impact on the Colorado River's water resources.
- An Australian company plans to extract lithium from Utah's Paradox Basin, raising questions about the impact on the Colorado River.
- The extraction process, using saline water and chemicals, is seen as less disruptive but raises environmental concerns.
- The project is part of a global increase in lithium production for electric vehicle batteries and clean energy storage.
"We need to have a renewable energy transition, but maybe we shouldn’t be looking for these kinds of quick-fix energy solutions on a drought-stricken river."
— Lauren Wood, Green River resident.
Why this matters:
This article highlights the delicate balance between advancing renewable energy and protecting vital water resources. It underscores the importance of sustainable practices in the pursuit of environmental goals, particularly in regions facing water scarcity.
Shannon Kelleher’s piece in the New Lede (republished on Environmental Health News last year) notes that in the push to mine for minerals, clean energy advocates are asking what going green really means.