Utah's Lieutenant Governor to open Oil Shale Symposium

GOLDEN, Colo., Oct. 12, 2011 – Greg Bell, the lieutenant governor of Utah, will discuss Utah Oil Shale: A Path Towards Energy Independence during the opening session of the 31st Oil Shale Symposium at Colorado School of Mines on Oct. 17. Mines Provost Terry Parker will introduce the lieutenant governor, as the session kicks off at 1 p.m. at the Cecil H. and Ida Green Center, 924 16th St., on the Mines campus.

More than 250 delegates from 14 countries outside North America and 17 states and provinces in the U.S. and Canada are expected to attend the two and one-half days of sessions on science, engineering, environmental, socioeconomic and policy issues relating to potential production of oil from oil shale. For more information, see the symposium website at web page.
Along with Bell, the opening sessions of the symposium will include a talk by Mitchell Leverette, chief of the Solid Minerals Division at the U. S. Bureau of Land Management; Pearce Bowman, CEO of QER Ltd., an Australian oil shale company, and talks by the National Oil Shale Association and the American Petroleum Institute. The opening day includes a session presenting perspectives on the relationship of traditional oil shale deposits to rapidly developing petroleum plays in oil-bearing shale such as the Bakken Formation of North Dakota and Montana.
The Oil Shale Symposium is the premier international conference on the development of oil shale, a resource that could potentially add another three trillion barrels of oil to global supply. Half of the world’s known resources of shale oil are contained in the Green River Formation in northwestern Colorado, northeastern Utah and southwestern Wyoming. Utah alone has more than one trillion barrels of shale oil resources, according to U. S. Geological Survey estimates.
Founded in 1874, Colorado School of Mines was established to serve the needs of the local mining industry. Today, the School has an international reputation for excellence in both engineering education and the applied sciences with special expertise in the development and stewardship of the Earth's resources.
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Karen Gilbert, Director of Public Relations / 303-273-3541 / KGilbert@mines.edu
David Tauchen, Public Relations Specialist / 303-273-3088 / DTauchen@mines.edu



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