TITLE

Congress bets on oil shale

AUTHOR(S)
Lay, Jennie
PUB. DATE
December 2005
SOURCE
High Country News;12/12/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 23, p8
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents information on the oil shale development in the U.S. Oil shale is the rock that burns and its potential is immense. The world's largest known oil shale deposits are in northeast Utah's Uinta Basin and northwest Colorado's Piceance Basin. Though the oil production in the U.S. has declined since 1970, according to the estimates of RAND Corp., a public-policy think tank, there is oil in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming that is triple in comparison with Saudi Arabia's oil reserves. However, the problem is that extracting oil out of the rock has always been a challenge as oil shale is neither oil nor shale; it's a hard rock called marlstone that contains kerogan. In order to coax oil, the rock is required to be heated and the kerogan that seeps out is processed. Than a low grade oil comes out. Today, Shell is experimenting in the Piceance Basin with its proprietary in situ conversion process (ICP), which will be less environmentally destructive than traditional strip mining and surface retorting. After three or four years of 700-degree heat, high-grade shale oil can be pumped out of the ground and can be sent to the refineries.
ACCESSION #
19434308

 

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