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Energy Riches: Oil Shale

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 2, 2012

Great post on The Hill’s Congress Blog by API’s Emily Kennedy, bringing attention to another vast U.S. resource: oil shale.

This is oil derived from sedimentary rock that contains a solid material (kerogen) that converts to liquid oil when heated. We’ve got enormous deposits in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, with estimates that up to 800 billion barrels could be recoverable – almost three times Saudi Arabia’s proven oil reserves. Kennedy:

“The president is right: an all-of-the-above approach is the best path for securing America’s energy future. In oil shale, the United States has another vast energy resource that can’t be dismissed – one that would be best developed by industry and the marketplace, guided by clear policies and a stable regulatory regime.”


Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.