Oil Shale in the Piceance Basin

An Analysis of Land Use Issues

by David Rubenson, Richard Y. Pei

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Many institutional, environmental, and technical issues will affect development of the U.S. oil shale resource. This report addresses the issue of federal land use policies and their effect on (1) the amount of shale that can be recovered, (2) the recovery costs, and (3) the lead times required for industry expansion. Section II discusses federal and utilization policies and states the research questions in specific terms. Section III presents the analysis, the assumptions underlying it, and quantitative results. These are then discussed in Sec. IV, as are alternative land use policies and their relationship to other development factors.

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