Sunday, July 20, 2008

Oil Shale - Green River Basin Formation

The Green River Formation in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah hold over 750 billion barrels of recoverable oil from oil shale. This region could one day reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

While the land is held in federal hands, they are leasing land out to companies for testing purposes. Shell oil company is one of those companies. Shell is testing one specific location in Colorado about the size of a football field. Shell is testing the freeze wall which keeps water out of the production area while they basically heat and extract the oil from shale.

For more on the Green River