Sunday, September 04, 2005

Blood (or oil) from a stone

Shell has figured out how to get oil from shale at comercially feasable prices:

"Drill shafts into the oil-bearing rock. Drop heaters down the shaft. Cook the
rock until the hydrocarbons boil off, the lightest and most desirable first.
Collect them.
Please note, you don't have to go looking for oil fields when
you're brewing your own.
On one small test plot about 20 feet by 35 feet, on
land Shell owns, they started heating the rock in early 2004. "Product" - about
one-third natural gas, two-thirds light crude - began to appear in September
2004. They turned the heaters off about a month ago, after harvesting about
1,500 barrels of oil.
While we were trying to do the math, O'Connor told us
the answers. Upwards of a million barrels an acre, a billion barrels a square
mile. And the oil shale formation in the Green River Basin, most of which is in
Colorado, covers more than a thousand square miles - the largest fossil fuel
deposits in the world.


One-freaking-trillion barrels. Go Shell, go.

I still want a hybrid though . . .


Tim Lewis said...

Hey neat! This would be so amazing if this is possible. Now we just have to get past the environmentalists. We wouldn't want to accelerate "global warming".

tabitha jane said...

where did you find that info? it isn't urban legend is it?

that would work for a while, but when we run out of rocks, we stil have to find something new . . .

i want a hybrid too! for now, i just bike everywhere i can because gas. is. so. expensive!

James Wood said...

Sorry Tabitha, my link was broken earlier. Click on the title to find the source.

I agree that it is not a permanant solution, but it sure is a lot better than all of our eco-political involvment in the middle-east.

Justin said...

I am looking forward to the day when we get all our energy from little wheels with hamsters and mice.

Justin said...

Did you know...
Approximately 20% of vehicles on the road can run on Ethanol. Ethanol burns clean (no pollution) and can be made out of nearly anything (including poop/manure, agg products, etc.) - most is made from corn.
I vote for ethanol as a fuel source - no worries about mining, or cooking rocks, or PETA or eco-terrorists; no pollution, and a 100% renewable fuel. nice.

Justin said...

tabitha jane said...

hmmmm . . . i am totally looking into this!

KMiV said...

Wow, that was good. I didn't know any of that. The student has become the teacher!

spcpeters said...

Hmm I say we also should look at modernizing our engineering to be more commuter friendly. I think seriously NewOrleans could be an easy place to test some of these ideas. But we have become such mobil people that we have lost what a community is supposed to be. My wife went to a block party the other day hmm cool idea. ahhah
It would be nice for it to be normal to know your neighbors. - Random mumblings by a cured blind mind.