Energy Riches: Oil Shale
Posted February 2, 2012
Great post on The Hill’s Congress Blog by API’s Emily Kennedy, bringing attention to another vast U.S. resource: oil shale.
This is oil derived from sedimentary rock that contains a solid material (kerogen) that converts to liquid oil when heated. We’ve got enormous deposits in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, with estimates that up to 800 billion barrels could be recoverable – almost three times Saudi Arabia’s proven oil reserves. Kennedy:
“The president is right: an all-of-the-above approach is the best path for securing America’s energy future. In oil shale, the United States has another vast energy resource that can’t be dismissed – one that would be best developed by industry and the marketplace, guided by clear policies and a stable regulatory regime.”
About The Author
Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Previously, Mark was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor at an assortment of newspapers. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela have two grown children and six grandchildren.
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