"Oil Shale Development in the United States. Prospects and Policy Issues"



"Oil Shale Development in the United States. Prospects and Policy Issues" by: James T. Bartis, Tom LaTourrette, Lloyd Dixon, D. J. Peterson, Gary Cecchine
RAND Corporation | 2005 | ISBN: 0833038487 | 88 pages | File type: PDF | .5 mb

This report presents an updated assessment of the viability of developing oil shale resources in the United States and related policy issues. The report describes the oil shale resources in the western United States; the suitability, cost, and performance of available technologies for developing the richest of those resources; and the key energy, environmental, land-use, and socioeconomic policy issues that need to be addressed by government decisionmakers in the near future.

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Since the early 1980s, oil shale has not been on the U.S. energy policy agenda, and very little attention has been directed at technology or energy market developments that might change the commercial prospects for oil shale.

In this report, the authors describe the oil shale resources (estimated at more than triple the proven oil reserves of Saudi Arabia); the suitability, cost, and performance of technologies for developing these resources; and the key energy, environmental, land-use, and socioeconomic policy issues that need to be addressed by government decisionmakers. The authors conclude by outlining both the challenges and opportunities for early action with regard to those policy issues.

Contents
Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: The U.S. Oil Shale Resource Base
Chapter Three: Oil Shale Technologies
Chapter Four: The Strategic Significance of Oil Shale
Chapter Five: Critical Policy Issues for Oil Shale Development
Chapter Six: The Development Path for Oil Shale
Appendix: Cost Estimation Methodology and Assumptions
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