26th Oil Shale Symposium

Title: 26th Oil Shale Symposium

Author: Jeremy Boak

Publication: The Outcrop, October 2006, p. 1

After an eleven-year hiatus, the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) is pleased to announce the resumption of the Oil Shale Symposium series, which began at CSM in 1964. CSM, along with the Colorado Energy Research Institute (CERI), will host the 26th Oil Shale Symposium at the CSM campus, October 16-18, 2006, and related activities Thursday and Friday, October 19-20, 2006. The Symposium will review development of oil shale resources worldwide, including research & development, impact analysis, regulatory framework, and project & program status. The content is directed primarily toward those active in the development of oil shale resources, including those in the energy industry, government, academic, and stakeholder communities.

The program begins Monday afternoon with a broad overview session with tentative speakers from the U.S. Senate, Bureau of Land Management, and Department of Energy. Two days of technical sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday include speakers from a dozen different countries with oil shale resources. A free public information session Wednesday evening will offer the opportunity to hear summaries of the technical presentations and ask questions of a variety of Symposium participants.

A workshop on environmental issues and research needs on Thursday is directed toward
environmental scientists, engineers, and regulators interested in helping to define the environmental research needs and path forward for commercial development of oil shale resources. A field trip Thursday and Friday will visit classic geologic outcrops and oil shale facilities in western Colorado and eastern Utah.