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Oil Shale: Unlocking the Rock

Oil shale has been touted as a potentially huge domestic energy source. “Unfortunately, oil shale is neither oil nor shale, and requires extensive processing to turn this buried rock into energy humans can use,” as Dan Glick writes in “Slick Promise” [March-April]. Despite vast reserves of oil shale buried in the western United States, getting commercially viable quantities of fuel from it has been difficult, expensive—and elusive. At Shell’s Mahogany Research Project in western Colorado, the giant energy company has invested tens of millions of dollars in an attempt to unlock the energy contained in these rocks. Click on the image below to see a video produced by The Story Group on oil shale development.

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