Lithium Rush: A Battle for Power on the Colorado River

Lithium Rush: A Battle for Power on the Colorado River

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Anson Resources unveils plans for extensive lithium mining near the Colorado River, igniting excitement and apprehension.

The process, vital for lithium-powered batteries, draws water from the arid West, intensifying concerns in the water-scarce Colorado River Basin.

Anson's lithium extraction strategy involves drilling deep wells, using technology to bind lithium, and flushing it with Colorado River water.

As the value of lithium skyrockets, Anson aims to produce 13,000 tons annually, supporting the demand for electric vehicles and bolstering the U.S. mineral supply chain.

Lithium's pivotal role in the future has bipartisan support, with promises of job creation and economic growth in rural Utah.

However, environmentalists, led by Living Rivers' John Weisheit, express skepticism, highlighting the over-tapped Colorado River and the speculative nature of the project.

Anson's plans extend to leasing land, forging deals with water districts, and filing applications for extensive water rights, triggering alarm from federal agencies and environmental groups.

The battle intensifies as the National Park Service, BLM, and environmental organizations file letters of concern, emphasizing the potential impact on water availability and ecosystems.

Anson contends that its water use will be non-consumptive, recycling 80%, but opponents demand accountability, citing a lack of evidence and potential aquifer impact.

With protests mounting, the pivotal question emerges: Can Anson's lithium mining plans withstand scrutiny, or will they face roadblocks in securing crucial water rights?

The climax awaits as the state engineer's decision looms, and a protest hearing on January 17 holds the key to the fate of Anson's ambitious Paradox Lithium Project.