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BLM Identifies Vast Western Oil Shale Field

By September 9, 2008

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has identified some 1.9 million acres of public lands in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming to be set aside for commercial production of oil from oil shale and tar sands. BLM believes shale and tar sand deposits on the identified lands hold the equivalent of 800 billion barrels of oil, enough says BLM, to meet U.S. demand for imported oil at current levels for 110 years.

Earlier this year, Congress enacted a moratorium on the future leasing of lands for oil shale and tar sand production. President Bush has now asked Congress to lift the moratorium, allowing BLM to create rules regulating how the lands will be leased to commercial oil producers.

Before any oil shale leases are issued, an environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) will be required on each site. Once a lease is issued, the lessee will also have to obtain all required permits from state and local authorities, under their respective permitting processes, before any oil production operations can begin.

In August, BLM auctioned off 105,211 acres of land in Nevada for development of geothermal energy projects.

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September 9, 2008 at 12:41 pm
(1) D says:

Mining tar sands is very inefficient and dirty.
I hope the moratorium is not lifted. Is there a specific bill pending on this issue?

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