David L. Allin Consulting geologist Salt Lake City Explorationists have been frustrated from the start in their efforts to discover and develop commercial petroleum reserves in the Colorado Plateau province of Utah. Can improvements be made, or is this a snipe hunt? The region features large, Laramide structures such as the San Rafael swell, Monument uplift, Circle Cliffs uplift, Kaiparowits basin, Kaibab uplift, and myriad third order structures. Three of the four uplifts mentioned are hosts of extensive bituminous sandstone or tar deposits on outcrop that are relics of giant oil reservoirs in existence until exhumation within the last 1 mi...

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