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I was going to post in the Bad news for GM thread but decided to start a new one, I got an email from a buddy....

3 to 4.3 Billion Barrels of Technically Recoverable Oil Assessed in North Dakota and Montana’s Bakken Formation—25 Times More Than 1995 Estimate


Good read, says US has more oil than all the other countries, Saudi Arabia included, we could tell them camel jockeys to go f**k their camels, email yuor friends and pressure congress.

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I used to work for an oil/gas drilling contractor. The oil shale that they are talking about here was well-known thirty years ago. Shale is porous but not permeable therefore the oil can't move through the formation to get to a well bore. The only known way in the early 80s was the retort method: as in a chemistry lab heat it up until the shale breaks down then collect the oil. In 1982 dollars it cost $90/ barrel to get it out. I don't know what today's equivalent is but it is expensive.

Another way that was tried "somewhere" was blasting it out with a nuclear device. All they got was radioactive oil. I read an article about the then Soviet Union's experiments using nuclear materials. There was a hint that they had managed to reduce the radioactivity factor but no one was able to confirm the results and the Soviet Union's end soon after kept it unconfirmed.

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