Mines hosts 30th Oil Shale Symposium Oct. 18-22
GOLDEN, Colo., Oct. 14, 2010 – Juhan Parts, the Estonian minister of Economic Affairs and Telecommunications, will discuss the place of oil shale in the country’s energy future during the opening session of the 30th Oil Shale Symposium at Colorado School of Mines on Oct. 18. Estonia is one of three countries in the world that currently produces oil from oil shale.
Mines Provost Steven Castillo will introduce the minister, who is also a former prime minister, as the session kicks off at 1 p.m. at the Green Center, 924 16th St.
Along with Parts, the opening sessions of the symposium will include a talk on the status of U. S. Department of the Interior activities in oil shale by Mitchell Leverette, chief of the Solid Minerals Division at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as well as talks on programs in China, Australia, Israel, Jordan and Morocco.
The Oil Shale Symposium is the premier international conference on the development of oil shale, which could potentially add another three trillion barrels of oil to global resources. Half of the world’s known resources of shale oil are contained in the Green River Formation, which occurs in northwestern Colorado, northeastern Utah and southwestern Wyoming.
More than 250 delegates from 15 countries outside North America and 23 states and provinces in the U.S. and Canada are expected to attend sessions on science, engineering, environmental, socioeconomic and policy issues relating to potential production of oil from oil shale.
For more information, see the symposium web site
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