Is oil shale the answer?In your Aug. 9, 2004, issue on this subject (HUBBERT REVISITED-5: Is oil shale America's answer to peak-oil challenge?" p. 16), the authors mentioned that the Unocal retort design was a failure. As the retort process foreman during the last 3 years of that project, I would like to correct this impression.During those 3 years, we produced 2 million bbl of syncrude. While that is not a significant amount in the current supply picture, it is certainly not a trivial amount either.Unocal shut down the project in 1991 saying that "U they had learned all they had to learn U" A political statement if there ever was one, made most likely for the benefit of the s...

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