US BLM issues draft PEIS for oil shale and oil sands; significantly scales back public land available for commercial leasing

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The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has published the Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) and Possible Land Use Amendments for Allocation of Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources on Lands Administered by the BLM in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. In addition, 91,045 acres in eastern Utah would be available for activities related to oil sands. or oil sands development. Water-wet vs. oil-wet.

US DOI finalizes plan for oil shale and oil sands research, demonstration and development

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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar last week announced the Department of the Interior’s final plan for encouraging research, development and demonstration (RD&D) of oil shale and oil sands resources on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. Under the Record of Decision, the BLM-managed lands will be available for RD&D leases of oil shale resources. Proposed revisions to oil shale regulations.

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Major spill from the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline in Arkansas

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A breach in ExxonMobil’s Pegasus crude oil pipeline occurred late Friday afternoon near Mayflower, AR (about 20 miles north northwest of Little Rock and at the southeastern end of the Lake Conway reservoir). Efforts are being made to keep oil away from Lake Conway.

General Synfuels to Test In-Situ Oil Shale Gasification Technology in Wyoming and Colorado

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has secured an exploration agreement for lands in Wyoming and rights to a separate oil shale resource opportunity in Colorado. The process begins by drilling into the body of oil shale and locating a processing inlet conduit within the hole.

General Synfuels Forms $10M Technology Partnership for Oil Shale Prototype Plant

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has formed the $10-million “Patriot’s Oil Shale Technology Fund L.P.”, to complete funding of the Phase 1 construction of a full-scale prototype oil shale plant under construction in Rock Springs, Wyoming. In 2009, GSI secured an exploration agreement for lands in Wyoming and rights to a separate oil shale resource opportunity in Colorado. General Synfuels International (GSI), a subsidiary of Earth Search Sciences, Inc.,