Like tar sands, oil shale is one of the dirtiest fuels on the planet. Its mining, processing and tailings threaten to industrialize vast swaths of land, pollute air and water, harm wildlife, and emit carbon at rates far exceeding conventional oil development.
The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that between 353 billion and 1.146 trillion barrels of oil in the Green River Formation oil shale deposits have a high potential for development, which is 2 to 7 times as much as Alberta's 170 billion barrels targeted by the Keystone XL pipeline.
To date, industry has'nt been able to economically turn oil shale into fuel. But they're trying.
Red Leaf Resources is gearing up to test new oil shale technology near the Book Cliffs in of the Colorado River Basins' most wild areas. They plan to strip mine shale deposits into a 160-foot deep capsule, line it with clay, and then backfill, bury and bake shale in it for months to extract kerogen that will be refined into diesel fuel.
If it works, the process could spur runaway development. The consequences for land, wildlife, water and efforts to curb climate change, would be overwhelming.
NEW INFORMATION ABOUT TOMCO
TomCo is a British company that will use Red Leaf Resources experimental technologyto retort oil shale (hard rock kerogen)
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Click here to read a sample letter to the Department of Water Quality about proposed strip mining operations by Red Leaf Resources in the Uinta Basin.NEW INFORMATION: Regarding Red Leaf Resources Mining Permit
NEW INFORMATION: Regarding the economic feasibility of unconventional fuels in Utah
STATE LAND INVENTORY FOR OIL SHALE IN UTAH
- 93,000 State Trust acres are leased for oil shale
- A typical lease lasts 10-years
- Not all land can be surface mined (some requires underground mining)
ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD: Red Leaf ResourcesADMINISTRATIVE RECORD: Discharge permit Red Leaf Resources
Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining (UDOGM)
Red Leaf Resources Inc. (oil shale mining permits)
OIL SHALE STRIP MINING @ INDIAN RIDGE
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
BLM's Oil Shale & Tar Sands Programmatic EIS
ENDANGERED AND THREATENED SPECIES
EPA - ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
MAPS & GIS
University of Utah
Southest Utah (includes East Tavaputs Plateau)
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