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Feasibility of in Situ Retorting of Green River Oil Shale, Utilizing Nuclear Explosives for Fracturing.

Authors
Sohns-HW
Source
Proc 3D Internat Atomic Energy Agency-peaceful Nucl Explo Panel Vienna Austria Pp 99-121 :99-121
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
10010952
Abstract
Although hydraulic fracturing and chemical high explosives may be used to fracture shallow and thin beds, nuclear explosives may be required for adequate fracturing of the Green River oil shale in the center of the Piceance Basin of Colorado, where there are deposits as thick as 2,000 feet under as much as 1,000 feet of overburden. Experiments have been conducted at the Bureau of Mines Laramie Energy Research Center in batch-type retorts accommodating particle- size ranges expected to be present in a nuclear-explosive created chimney. Results of these tests have been somewhat encouraging and indicate that the creation of adequate permeability through carefully designed and controlled fracturing techniques is a critical factor.
Publication Date
19720101
Document Type
OP;
Fiscal Year
1972
Identifying No.
OP 151-74
Source Name
Proc. 3D Internat. Atomic Energy Agency-peaceful Nucl. Explo. Panel, Vienna, Austria, Pp 99-121
State
CO;
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