DOI completes first Colorado oil shale projects’ EIS

The US Department of the Interior found no significant negative impact from five planned oil shale research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects in Colorado’s Piceance basin.C. Stephen Allred, assistant Interior secretary for land and minerals management, signed decision records for the projects proposed by Chevron USA Inc., EGL Resources Inc., and Shell Frontier Oil & Gas Inc. on Nov. 13, effectively clearing the way for 160-acre leases associated with each proposal to be issued.The Green River oil shale formation, which covers parts of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, holds the equivalent of 800 billion bbl of recoverable oil, more than 70% of which lies under feder...

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