Rep. Howard Nielson, R-Utah, and other Western congressmen, are seeking money from Congress for oil shale research in the West.

They want $6 million from the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee to fund oil shale research and development and pay for a western research test center."Congress essentially pulled the plug on the oil shale industry late in 1985 when it abolished the Synthetic Fuels Corp. Our current efforts are greared toward making oil shale development attractive to Congress by incorporating the private sector into the development process," Nielson said.

Nielson, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said private industry isn't able to pay the entire cost of the oil shale research and it is necessary for Congress to get involved.