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Shell Frontier Oil and Gas has filed in Steamboat Springs water court to skim 375 cubic feet per second from this section of the Yampa River, west of Maybell in Moffat County's Sunbeam area. Shell's filing could dramatically change the landscape of future water rights and use in Northwest Colorado.

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Shell Oil's pursuit of local waters could have big impacts

When Shell Oil revealed last week it had filed for substantial water rights in the Yampa River west of Craig, the news marked another milestone on the road to fulfilling a prophecy made 2 1/2 years ago: Powerful interests are coming after the water that originates from melting snow in the mountains of Northwest Colorado.

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