Shale Oil Estimates Less Promising

A new study from the Utah Geological Survey indicates that that the Uintah Basin’s potential oil-shale resource would amount to about 77 billion barrels of shale oil or less than a quarter of the 321 million barrels of oil-shale resources that had first been estimated in 1964. The numbers that had been quoted in the past were based on extrapolations that had been estimated for areas of the Uintah Basin for which there was no scientifically recorded data. The study was initiated due to concerns over diminishing conventional oil reserves. The assessment answered the questions of where and how much oil shale exists in the Uintah Basin and includes detailed basin wide resource maps.


Title: Basin-wide Evaluation of the Uppermost Green River Formations Oil-Shale Resource, Uinta Basin, Utah and Colorado. Special Study 128
Publisher: Utah Geological Survey
Creator: Vanden Berg, Michael D.
Date issued: 2008-12
Extent: 23 p., 8 plates [maps]
Utah Government Publication Online: Digital Library link
Agency website:UGS press release
In the News: “Oil-shale estimates for Utah dip,” Deseret News, Dec. 17, 2008
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Utah Photos in Online Government Digital Libraries


MoabAre you in need of that perfect Utah photo for your library website?   Did you know that U.S. Federal government agencies offer some of the richest collections of photos relating to Utah?  If you rely on Google Images for finding photos of Utah, you’re missing the big picture.     

The Bureau of Land Management, for example, has recently launched an enhanced version of their BLM Photo Library, Continue reading Utah Photos in Online Government Digital Libraries