Amid Soaring Oil Prices, Western Shale Getting A New Look

Parachute (AP) The energy industry is taking a new look at developing oil shale in the Rocky Mountains. Rock formations in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming contain nearly one trillion barrels of oil, but the problem has always been how to get at it. Companies have spent years researching how to melt oil out of rock, but it could be 2010 before any decide whether shale mining is commercially and environmentally feasible.

It takes a large amount of water to recover the oil and the
process can take months. Many also worry about the effect a large–scale operation would have on the environment, wildlife and the people who spent years recovering from the last shale bust in the early 1980s.

Oil shale also is a sideshow to renewed energy development
happening all over the West.

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