The Bureau of Mines Oil Shale R & D Program.
Proc Conf on Energy & Min Rec Research Golden Colorado 1977 Apr; :468-492
This country contains an estimated 5 percent of the recoverable petroleum in the world, but over 70 percent of the world's oil shale from which shale oil can be extracted. The higher grade oil shales of the Green River Formation in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming alone are estimated to yield 600 billion barrels of synthetic liquid fuel. This amount is equivalent to known recoverable resources in the world. The advancing oil shale mining technology program is part of the Bureau of Mines energy research and development program that began in 1974. The program goals are to provide technology to produce oil shale-shale oil while maintaining environmental quality, and to provide baseline data for government and industry to plan and manage the energy resource. The program is divided into four components--extraction, environment, special studies, and management. Each component is described and the ongoing and recently completed projects are listed. Construction of the bored shaft is described.
Proc. Conf. on Energy & Min. Rec. Research, Golden, Colorado, Apr. 4- 12, 1977, PP. 468-492