Monday, December 01, 2008

I stand corrected

A. Nicholas says:

"2 TRILLION barrels of oil under Rocky Mountains - ...":


There is certainly over a trillion barrels of oil in Colorado, which would certainly put the US as the top oil producer in the world....by far. However, this is not crude oil in a pool as industrial supply is today, it is shale oil. This oil is trapped in rocks, like water in a sponge. No sustainable method for extracting this oil has been produced which is why is it an untapped resource, not because of enviromentalist or democrats, or left republicans. The only way that they know how to extract this oil is to heat rocks to 700 degrees until the oil pools and then pump as normal. This process would take more energy to extract than the oil you get from the process. The technology was first looked into by Exxon during the 70's but later abandoned because it was not economically feasible.

This article is a good example of the current state of this technology http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-06-01-oil-shale_x.htm.