This report evaluates the Bureau of Mines advancing oil shale mining technology program in terms of the economic benefits that may be derived for the nation as a result of its successful research and development efforts. On the basis of projected oil shale production, benefit-cost ratio indicators are computed for the program elements as they apply to surface, underground, and modified in situ oil shale mining systems. Eight value indicators are used to measure the program's beneficial impact on the future oil shale industry in relation to planned research and development costs.
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