338 pages | 19 Color Illus. | 132 B/W Illus.
Utah’s Uinta Basin contains one of the largest oil shale resources in the United States. This book examines many of the issues surrounding oil shale development in the Uinta Basin. Focusing on research conducted by investigators associated with The University of Utah’s Institute for Clean and Secure Energy (ICSE), the chapters in this book build on each other across a range of scales and of disciplines to present a comprehensive picture of the opportunities and challenges facing this nascent industry. Scales range from the molecular analysis of kerogen to the basin-scale analysis of oil shale geology. Legal, policy, geologic, chemical, economic, and engineering perspectives provide insight into the nature of the Uinta Basin oil shale resource and the potential costs (both financial and environmental) of its extraction. This book integrates the various analyses in two ways. First, the Skyline 16 oil shale core, which was drilled in the Uinta Basin as part of this research, was the source of samples for much of the work that is discussed in this book. Second, the latter chapters of this book incorporate models and data from the earlier chapters to (1) produce a suite of in situ simulation scenarios that study the effect of well arrangement on energy ratio and (2) evaluate costs and air quality issues associated with these scenarios.
"Anyone involved with in-situ oil shale retorting MUST have this book. It is a definitive work. Spinti, et. al., courageously tackle a very complex and sometimes controversial topic with great vigor and aplomb. The rigor applied to this technologically complicated topic is without precedent."
—Ron Stites, Stites & Associates, LLC, Denver, Colorado, USA
"…a useful resource to professionals, researchers and policy makers involved in oil shale and in the production of oil from such unconventional sources to meet future energy demands."
—International Journal of Oil, Gas, and Coal Technology, April 2017
A Decade of Oil Shale Research (2006–2015)
Jennifer P. Spinti, Philip J. Smith
Legal and Policy Considerations Involving Oil Shale Bearing Lands and the Resources They Contain
John C. Ruple
Legal and Policy Considerations Involving Water for Oil Shale Development
John C. Ruple
Evaluation of the Upper Green River Formation’s Oil Shale Resource in the Uinta Basin, Utah
Michael D. Vanden Berg, Lauren P. Birgenheier
Chemical and Structural Characterization of Oil Shale from the Green River Formation
Thomas H. Fletcher, Ronald J. Pugmire, Mark S. Solum, Charles L. Mayne, Anita M. Orendt, and Julio C. Facelli
Oil Shale Pyrolysis Rates and Mechanisms
Thomas H. Fletcher, Ronald J. Pugmire, Mark S. Solum, Charles L. Mayne
Core-Scale Oil Shale Pyrolysis
Pankaj Tiwari, Josh Staten, Milind Deo
Pore-Scale Transport Processes During oil Shale Pyrolysis
Jan Miller, Chen-Luh Lin
Geomechanical and Fluid Transport Properties
Thang Q. Tran and Professor John D. McLennan
Modeling of Well Arrangement and its Effect on Energy Ratio for In Situ Thermal Treatment of Oil Shale in the Uinta Basin
Michal Hradisky, Philip J. Smith
Economic Analysis of In Situ Oil Shale Development in the Uinta Basin
Jonathan Wilkey, Jennifer P. Spinti, Terry Ring
Oil Shale Development, Air Quality, and Carbon Management
Kerry E. Kelly, John C. Ruple, Jon Wilkey