Oil Shale Symposia and Center for Oil Shale Technology and Research

Title: Oil Shale Symposia and Center for Oil Shale Technology and Research: 28th Oil Shale Symposium Highlights

Author: Jeremy Boak

Publication: The Outcrop, July 2009, p. 6, 13


Proceedings of the 28th Oil Shale Symposium compact disc are now available for order through the Symposium website http://outreach.mines.edu/cont_ed/ oilshale/. The Symposium was held October 13-15, 2008 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden Colorado, and drew nearly 350 attendees from twenty countries. The opening plenary session featured Governor John Huntsman of Utah as the keynote speaker, who gave a stirring defense of the value of developing this major potential source of petroleum, making it clear that Utah was “open for business.” By contrast, a presentation by Harris Sherman, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources emphasized Colorado’s caution about every aspect of oil shale development. Foster Wade, Deputy Secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals presented an overview of the agency process for oil shale, and a defense of their active approach to oil shale leasing and development. Another opening plenary presentation by Terry O’Connor of Shell raised significant concerns about the complicated regulatory framework governing oil shale leasing and development, which requires interaction with forty-seven different agencies. Pierre Allix of Total gave a global survey of his company’s development strategy for a range of unconventional hydrocarbon resources.

The two days of the technical program of the Symposium covered a full range of issues for both surface processing and in situ production of oil shale including process engineering, chemistry, geology and stratigraphy, resource characterization, environmental impact, product refining, mine stability, and modeling of pyrolysis, groundwater, and large scale system features. In addition, both the National Oil Shale Association (NOSA) and the journal Oil Shale, important vehicles for communicating oil shale related research and other news, were represented in the poster sessions. Presentations and posters covered oil shale in the United States, China, Jordan, Brazil, Estonia, Morocco, Australia, Thailand, Russia, and Sweden. A valuable feature of the Symposium Luncheon was the recognition of those who have made significant and long-standing contributions to the field – honored as Spent Shalers by NOSA.

Another highlight of the 28th Oil Shale Symposium was the announcement of the formation of including the Center for Oil Shale Technology and Research  (COSTAR ) at the will integrate efforts in scientific and engineering research, as well as information management, technical review, education, and communication related to development and production of  hydrocarbons from  oil shale. The primary function of COSTAR is to conduct research on oil shale deposits, technological approaches to in-situ and ex-situ production and effects and consequences of the production of shale oil carbon management.

The  current  research agenda includes three main topic areas: rock mechanics and rock physics, stratigraphy  and  paleoclimatology, and geochemistry, generally directed at understanding of the Green River Formation. Each of these has the potential for extensive and long term investigations.  An  additional area of investigation covers  connections between oil shale formed in lakes, such as the Green River Formation,and oil shale formed in marine environments,such as those found in Morocco, Egypt, Israel and Jordan. COSTAR  includes  an oil shale information  office,  located in the CSM Library. The information office is developing a geographically referenced database   of   oil   shale  information, drawing on the  extensive historic collections at CSM, including the Tell Ertl collection, and coordinating with related data repositories at the USGS, the  University of Utah, the National Energy  Technology Laboratory, international  repositories. The longer term  objective  of  the information office  will  be to provide research support to investigators,and publish relevant analyses of public data. CSM is interested in recruiting sponsors for this information office.

29th Oil Shale Symposium

The 29th Oil Shale Symposium will be held at the Colorado School of Mines campus October 19-21, 2009.The meeting will be followed by a field trip to the Green River Formation in Colorado and Utah on October 22 and 23, 2009. A formal announcement of the Symposium is included elsewhere in this newsletter, and contains links to websites for submission of abstracts and for Symposium information, including registration. Information for potential exhibitors and sponsors  for the Symposium is available through the Symposium Chair.


Dr. Jeremy Boak
Symposium Chair and Director
Center for Oil Shale Technology and Research
Colorado School of Mines
1516 Illinois Street, Golden CO 80401

29th  Oil Shale Symposium

Announcement and Call for Abstracts

The Colorado Energy Research Institute (CERI) and the Center for Oil Shale Technology & Research (COSTAR) at the Colorado School of Mines are pleased to announce the 29th Oil Shale Symposium to be held at the School of Mines campus October 19-21, 2009, and to invite submission of abstracts for presentations and posters. The meeting will be followed by a field trip on Oct. 22-23, 2009.

The Symposium will address global oil shale development, including research, development, and demonstration. Abstracts must be written in clear English,  and will be reviewed by the Organizing Committee for inclusion in sessions on national programs, surface and in-situ processing, physical and chemical properties, geology and stratigraphy, modeling, environmental & socioeconomic impact, policy, data management, and decision support. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2008. Abstracts may be submitted through the  Website: http://mines.conference-services.net/directory.asp

Notification of acceptance will be made by July 31, 2009. Additional information will be posted at:

http://inside.mines .edu/Outreach/cont ed/oilshale/ For further information, please contact:

Dr. Jeremy Boak, Symposium Chair Colorado School of Mines, 1516 Illinois Street, Golden CO 80401