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Abundant oil shale deposits exist in the United States that can contribute significantly towards the nation's energy security. About one trillion barrels of oil can be recovered from the U.S. oil shale resources. These huge domestic oil resources are currently untapped. Interest in developing the oil shale resources of the United States of America has been rekindled in the last few years as a result of high prices of conventional crude oil and concerns about reliable, sustainable, and secure energy supplies to meet our nation's growing demand for liquid fuels. The technology to develop affordable fuels from oil shale in an environmentally sound manner requires advances in research, development and demonstration (RD&D).

Recently, research and development activities on oil shale have increased tremendously in an effort to advance oil shale technology and consequently accelerate its commercial development, while minimizing the environmental impact. This symposium series book describes recent research advances and developments of various aspects (characteristics, production, processing, upgrading, utilization, environmental, socio-economics, policy, and legal) of oil shale. The book will be useful to technology developers, investors, decision makers both in the private and public sectors, environmental regulators, researchers and academia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780841225398
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Series: ACS Symposium Series , #1032
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr. Olayinka Ogunsola joined the U.S. Department of Energy in 2000 as a program manager, managing various R&D programs, including oil shale and oil sands.

Dr. Arthur Hartstein started his government career in the U.S. Bureau of Mines and in 1977 he joined the new U.S. Department of Energy. In both agencies, he developed and implemented their Oil Shale R&D Program. In that capacity, he participated in the last oil shale boom and bust and the recent new interest in oil shale development.

Dr. Olubunmi Ogunsola is President and Chief Executive Officer of Tryby Energy, Minerals and Environmental Corporation (TEMEC)

Table of Contents


1. An Overview of Oil Shale Resources
Emily Knaus, James Killen, Khosrow Biglarbigi, and Peter Crawford
2. New Challenges and Directions in Oil Shale Development Technologies
Peter M. Crawford and James C. Killen

Resource Assessment and Geology
3. Lake Level Controlled Sedimentological Heterogenity of Oil Shale, Upper Green River Formation, Eastern Uinta Basin, Utah
William Gallin, M. Royhan Gani, Milind Deo, Nahid DS Gani, and Michael D. Vanden Berg

Chemistry and Process Modeling
4. Thermodynamics of Shale Oil Production
James W. Bunger and Christopher P. Russell
5. Molecular Composition of Shale Oil
James W. Bunger, Christopher P. Russell, and Donald E. Cogswell
6. Chemistry and Kinetics of Oil Shale Retorting
Alan K. Burnham
7. Modeling of the In-Situ Production of Oil from Oil Shale
Jacob H. Bauman, Chung Kan Huang, M. Royhan Gani, and Milind D. Deo

Industrial Oil Shale Processes
8. AMSO's Novel Approach to In-Situ Oil Shale Recovery
Alan K. Burnham, Roger L. Day, Michael P. Hardy, and P. Henrik Wallman
9. Shell's In Situ Conversion Process From Laboratory to Field Pilots
Robert C. Ryan, Thomas D. Fowler, Gary L. Beer, and Vijay Nair
10. ExxonMobil's ElectrofracTM Process for In Situ Oil Shale Conversion
W. A. Symington, R. D. Kaminsky, W. P. Meurer, G. A. Otten, M. M. Thomas, and J. D. Yeakel

Environmental Issues
11. Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Oil Shale Derived Liquid Fuels
Adam R. Brandt, Jeremy Boak, and Alan K. Burnham
12. A Review of Activities To Address the Environmental Impacts of Oil Shale Development
David K. Olsen, Arthur Hartstein, and David R. Alleman

Economics, Legal, Policy and Social Issues
13. Economics of Oil Shale Development
Khosrow Biglarbigi, James Killen, Hitesh Mohan, Marshall Carolus, and Jeffrey Stone
14. Resource Management Challenges in the Context of Potential Oil Shale Development
Kirsten Uchitel, John Ruple, and Robert Keiter

Author Index
Subject Index

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