Peak Oil Update: GAO: Recoverable Oil in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming ‘About Equal to Entire World’s Proven Oil Reserves’

Russ Steele has the story:

The Green River Formation, a largely vacant area of mostly federal land that covers the territory where Colorado, Utah and Wyoming come together, contains about as much recoverable oil as all the rest the world’s proven reserves combined, an auditor from the Government Accountability Office told Congress on Thursday.

The GAO testimony said that the federal government was in “a unique position to influence the development of oil shale” because the Green River deposits were mostly beneath federal land.

It also noted that developing the oil would have an environmental impact and pose “socioeconomic challenges,” that included bringing “a sizable influx of workers who along with their families put additional stress on local infrastructure” and “making planning for growth difficult for local governments.”

“The Green River Formation–an assemblage of over 1,000 feet of sedimentary rocks that lie beneath parts of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming–contains the world’s largest deposits of oil shale,”Anu K. Mittal, the GAO’s director of natural resources and environment said in written testimony submitted to the House Science Subcommittee on Energy and Environment.

“USGS estimates that the Green River Formation contains about 3 trillion barrels of oil, and about half of this may be recoverable, depending on available technology and economic conditions,” Mittal testified.

“The Rand Corporation, a nonprofit research organization, estimates that 30 to 60 percent of the oil shale in the Green River Formation can be recovered,” Mittal told the subcommittee. “At the midpoint of this estimate, almost half of the 3 trillion barrels of oil would be recoverable. This is an amount about equal to the entire world’s proven oil reserves.”

And, guess what it is right here in America. That said, we lack the political will to extract our own oil, we would rather fund global terrorism by buying oil from people that hate us. Someday, this will change when the terrorist countries oil fields are dry.

If I under stand it we tracking has given us enough natural gas for a 1,000 years at the current rate and we have more oil than the rest of the world, enough for 500 years, why then what do we have to put up with A.P.P.L.E and all their nut case schemes to reduce energy use?


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

4 Responses to Peak Oil Update: GAO: Recoverable Oil in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming ‘About Equal to Entire World’s Proven Oil Reserves’

  1. Arthur M. Day. says:

    Russ, I gather that you don’t want clickable URLs on your blog. So, to get a clear view about the Green agenda from their own mouths, check out green-agenda.c and see if you want to make it available to your readers.

  2. Michael Anderson says:

    “”What if Mary is another name for Gaia? Then her capacity for
    virgin birth is no miracle . . . it is a role of Gaia since life began . . .
    She is of this Universe and, conceivably, a part of God. On Earth,
    she is the source of life everlasting and is alive now;
    she gave birth to humankind and we are part of her.”
    – Sir James Lovelock,
    Ages of Gaia”

    Yup, clearly a communist wrapped in a cloak of environmentalism.

  3. I met Gaia last week, she was homely and liked Napoleon. LOL!

  4. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    I bet she wore no makeup and looked like a N Koreain newscaster……….. Oh wait that would be Mary Nichols sorry

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