To: Ernest T. BassActually the cost of oil shale production is much
cheaper per barrel than the price of oil now. Water is an issue, but processes
cannot be developed at large scales unless they are allowed to be developed by
the government and the public. Many seem to use lack of large scale information
as a barrier for development. Without development, there is no information at
these scales, so ... well, maybe in China.
"Drill and Pump Now";Yeah, the Sierra Clubbers, as "commies under the
bed", want us to live like people in the Mideast, where vast amounts of power
are used to maintain an arificial ski run inside of a building. Outside the
building, it's 120 degrees. Your post sounds pretty much like a temper
tantrum, all right, but is completely nonsensical.
What's wrong with a little coal? Utah has ample reserves. Now I know the
enviros get excited about it, yet seem happy to let the Chinese produce all of
what we buy here in the USA. As the enviros know, China has incredibly-high
growth plans for coal-burning plants. It is their main source of electrical
power. If we want to develop alternative fuel sources and, for that
matter, sufficient power supplies, coal needs to be a player.
What eveer happened to the enviormental safe process which was proved years ago
by RAMAX? (a process developed here in Utah) I understand that the process was
sold to a South American firm that is using it rather successfully.
It would be prudent to allow small test plots to find ways to safely recover the
kerogen in the "oil" shale. The problem is that conservatives have shown such an
aversion to responsible oversight that many of us fear that oil firms will trash
our beautiful western landscape. The incompetent Bush administration has
damaged our governments reputation nationally, and internationally.
Why even bother quoting the Sierra Club in an article about producing energy.
They are run by Marxists who would rather us live like the folks in the Mideast
anyway. If it involves the real production of energy they are not interested.
They are uninterested in a plan that moves to renewable energy over time. Like
a two year old it is their way or temper tantrum.
Recovering oil from shale not only requires lots of water, it also requires lots
of electrical power.The article only made brief mention about a
"generator" being required if the site isn't on the power grid. What wasn't
mentioned was how large the generator would need to be - hundreds of megawatts
is not unreasonable for full-scale oil shale recovery.Can you just
plug into the local grid and expect 300 - 600 megawatts as soon as the meter's
hooked up? Not a prayer. Even with power lines running through your site
you'll be told that you either need to pay for your own power generation or pay
the power company to build new generating capacity for you.And how
will all that current be generated? They'll burn coal. It's insane.
LOLPeople are complaining about gas prices right now. Wait until they find
out the cost of getting oil from this process. Might as well sell the house to
pay for a tank of gas made this way.
"To base our future on unproven technologies is not a wise choice," LeGate
said.And yet, alternative energy largely relies upon unproven
technology. If you don't try something like this oil shale extraction
technology on a reasonable scale, then you can simply never verify how much
water may or may not be required to produce energy from this resource.Most of the water required for these processes us used by the workers who live
in the area, and for dust suppression during mining. Although this may not be
our "best" energy option, it needs to be allowed to progress to see if it is
indeed a viable alternative energy source.
Just for the sake of clarification, it should be noted that the "Miller"
dealership mentioned above is that of MARK Miller, not Larry Miller.
KSL had a shocking story the other day about how the Miller car dealership's new
"green building" in Salt Lake City includes a rain/snow melt recovery cistern
that is ILLEGAL in Utah because harvesting water falling on your property does
NOT BELONG TO YOU! That means all the houses in Utah that recover rain water in
barrels off their rooftops are breaking the law as well. In short, you need
water permits to take rain water off your property -- stems from an old law from
the 1800s so that farms downstream (southern Utah) would have water allocated
and upstream folks (northern Utah) wouldn't take it all! With Utah being the
second driest state in the Union, how water is allocated to this new oil shale
industry with agriculture AND coal-fired power will be a key issue. What's not
factored into this equation is all the energy necessary to extract oil -- and
coal-fired power is a significant water user in the state. With more electric
power created for the oil shale process, another allocation of water needs to be
factored into this equation!