Watching Government: Reexamining oil shale

Nick Snow Washington Editor Two days before the US Department of State released a final environmental impact statement for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project, a US House subcommittee held a field hearing involving another unconventional oil resource closer to home than Alberta's oil sands. The House Energy and Natural Resources Committee's Energy and Minerals Subcommittee heard testimony in Grand Junction, Colo., on Aug. 24 to discuss the status of US oil shale's "research, regulation, and roadblocks." The US has nearly 75% of the world's recoverable oil shale, but its development has been hindered by booms and busts created by inconsistent federal policies, US Rep. Doug ...

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