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The rock that burns: Is Utah about to see oil shale bonanza?

from The Salt Lake Tribune

The gash in the hillside recedes from a dusty road in 20-foot steps, revealing a towering bounty of hydrocarbons embedded in stone deposited 50 million years ago when algae-filled Lake Uinta covered northeastern Utah. Mining engineer Ben France of Enefit American Oil points out black streaks undulating horizontally across the walls of his "box cut" into what geologists call "the mahogany zone," dark rock rich in kerogen, a precursor to liquid petroleum locked in shale. more


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