Utah Governor to address Mines 28th Oil Shale Symposium

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Utah Governor to address Mines 28th Oil Shale Symposium

GOLDEN, Colo., Oct. 9, 2008 – Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman will discuss oil shale development during the opening session of the 28th Oil Shale Symposium at Colorado School of Mines on Oct. 13. 

Mines President M.W. “Bill” Scoggins will introduce the governor as the session kicks off at 1 p.m. at the Green Center, 924 16th St.

Along with Huntsman, the opening session of the symposium will include a talk on Colorado’s approach to oil shale development by Harris Sherman, executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and an update on federal actions regarding oil shale by Foster Wade, deputy assistant secretary for Land and Minerals, U. S. Department of the Interior.

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 300 delegates from 15 countries and 30 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 Web site.

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. For more information about Colorado School of Mines, visit www.mines.edu.


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