Alright, so a confluence of factors made me write this. Jesse Kelly is the local teabagger rube running for office in my congressional district. I heard him spout a fox news report about dear old Obama holding back massive oil resources right here at home ! THE HUMANITY !
Of course its a crock of shit, if there’s one thing I try to stay on top of it energy realities. Bingo. Do all the digging you want on the Green River Formation; its not economically viable, if you want it go get it, Obama’s not going to stop you. Shell and Exxon have held development leases in the GRF for 30 years. 30! Years!
So when some dumbass writes into the local paper espousing the great Jesse Kelly’s plans for America including his “energy policy” I just about took a shit. I was quite proud of myself for the title and opening paragraph, suck those idiots in !!
Here ya go.
Agree with Kelly on Energy Independence
I agree with Jesse Kelly on this nation’s ability and necessity to use domestic energy to bring about energy independence. I doubt though that Mr. Kelly or the voters he’s attempting to woo know what this means. Discussing this goal many continually cite the Govt. Accountability Office report on the Green River Formation.
The GRF does indeed contain 1.5 trillion barrels of technically recoverable ”oil” this is where most reporters stop. We have more oil than the Saudis they trumpet. The reality is starkly different.
The GRF is filled with a substance called Kerogen, a substance which needs extensive energy intensive processing, and not an insignificant amount of water, to produce any refinable hydrocarbons, more than typical tight oil shale deposits such as the Bakken. A USGS survey of the GRF points to yields of 6 – 15 gallons of oil per ton mined.
Shell and Exxon have been testing technologies in situ for the best part of 30 years. Heating the resource 2 years before extraction, attempting to take the place of geologic processes which haven’t occurred yet to be able to extract useful components of Kerogen before processing or refining, mean this is not even near $100 a barrel oil. It will not bring low gasoline prices.
When we reach energy independence, perhaps as some nations continue to hit export peaks, we won’t be awash with easy oil and low energy prices regardless of who represents CD8, or the nation.