OIL SHALE—1: US, world possess rich resource base

Oil shale contains a massive energy resource that potentially can contribute greatly to the world’s energy supply.This resource occurs worldwide, with the Western US having the largest amounts.When processed, the kerogen extracted from the oil shale can become superior quality jet fuel, diesel, naphtha, and other high value products. Kerogen content in oil shale ranges from 10 to more than 60 gal/ton.This article, the first of a four-part series, focuses on the oil shale resource base, especially in the US. The second article will detail proven and emerging technologies for producing the resource from the shale.The third part will describe the economic viability of an oil shale indu...

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