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Oil Shale Developments
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Editors: Ike S. Bussell
Book Description:
This book looks at developments in oil shale which is the largest untapped domestic resource with the greatest potential to decrease our dependence on foreign oil. Over 70% of the world’s oil shale resources occur in the United States. These deposits contain over 1.5 trillion barrels of shale oil. If only 800 billion of this can be recovered, that alone would supply all of our current domestic petroleum needs for the next 100 years or more. The 2005 Energy Security Act demonstrated that the US government might finally encourage the development of these valuable oil shale resources. The nation’s production of crude oil has been declining since the 1970s while its demand has continued to increase, making the country increasingly dependent on imported oil. However, there are lingering questions about our ability to produce shale oil in this country. Most of these questions discussed in this boo, center on key issues such as: (1) is the technology available and will it work on a large scale?; (2) can shale oil be produced profitably?; (3) can shale oil be produced in an environmentally responsible manner?; and (4) what are the socio-economic impacts going to be on the local regions where these developments occur? Oil shale requires an expensive, high-risk, long-lead time development program and the federal government controls most of the resource. They will therefore ultimately determine whether or not shale oil is ever produced at a level sufficient to improve our economic and national security.

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Table of Contents:
Preface pp. i-vii

Chapter 1. Statement of C. Stephan Allred, Land and Minerals Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, Oversight Hearing: Oil Shale, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, May 15, 2008, pp. 1-6

Chapter 2. Testimony of James V. Hansen, Oil Shale Exploration Company (OSEC), May 15, 2008, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, pp. 7-12

Chapter 3. Testimony of Terry O'Connor, External and Regulatory Affairs, Shell Exploration and Production Company, Unconventional Oil, before the United States Senate Energy Committee, May 15, 2008, pp. 13-20

Chapter 4. Bill Ritter Jr., Governor of Colorado, Testimony before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Oversight Hearing: Oil Shale Resources, Thursday, May 15, 2008, pp. 21-30

Chapter 5. Statement of Steve Smith, the Wilderness Society, before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources United States Senate, Regarding Oil Shale Development and Research, May 15, 2008, pp. 31-38

Chapter 6. Development in Oil Shale, pp. 39-76
(Anthony Andrews)

Chapter 7. Geology and Resources of Some World Oil-Shale Deposits, pp. 77-149
(John R. Dyni)

Chapter 8. Oil Shale: History, Incentives, and Policy, pp. 151-184
(Anthony Andrews)

Chapter 9. Oil Shale Management Rule, pp. 185-189
(United States Government Accountability Office)

Chapter 10. Water Rights Related to Oil Shale Development in the Upper Colorado River Basin, pp. 191-197
(Cynthia Brougher)

Index pp. 193-206

   Series:
      Energy Science, Engineering and Technology
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2009
   Pages: 211
   ISBN: 978-1-60741-475-9
   Status: AV
  
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