|Author||Chopey, N. P.|
|Source||United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information|
|Subject Keyword||OIL SHALES AND TAR SANDS ♦ COLORADO ♦ OIL SHALE DEPOSITS ♦ EXPLOSIVE FRACTURING ♦ NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS ♦ OIL SHALE MINING ♦ OIL SHALES ♦ RETORTING ♦ BITUMINOUS MATERIALS ♦ CARBONACEOUS MATERIALS ♦ CHEMICAL REACTIONS ♦ COMMINUTION ♦ DECOMPOSITION ♦ ENERGY SOURCES ♦ EXPLOSIONS ♦ FOSSIL FUELS ♦ FRACTURING ♦ FUELS ♦ GEOLOGIC DEPOSITS ♦ MATERIALS ♦ MINERAL RESOURCES ♦ MINING ♦ NORTH AMERICA ♦ RESOURCES ♦ ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION ♦ USA 040402* -- Oil Shales & Tar Sands-- Surface Methods ♦ Oil Shales & Tar SandsRefining|
|Abstract||A prototype plant in Colorado, able to process 1000 tons of oil shale per day, is the most striking evidence so far of renewed interest in U.S. oil shale deposits in the Rocky Mts. In operation since early July, this pilot operation should help Colony Development Co. decide whether a much bigger shale oil plant would be attractive. Company spokesmen believe the processing system, developed by the Oil Shale Corp. (TOSCO) and the University of Denver's Research Institute, may develop nearly a barrel of crude oil from each ton of oil shale. Though oil shale will compete with crude petroleum, it does not pose a threat for most of the major oil companies--because it is they who are playing the biggest role in the shale development. All of the oil shale processes represent one of 2 basic approaches to shale oil recovery--first mining the rock and then processing it above ground. Also, receiving serious attention is in situ oil production, using some form of thermal means to extract the hydrocbons. The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission has recently proposed that underground nuclear blasts may help recover shale oil.|
|Learning Resource Type||Article|
|Publisher Place||United States|
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