Symposium speaker: Oil shale not ‘environmental Armargeddon’

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Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — A research chemist from Colorado and two technology management students from Singapore were involved in an intensive 10-week crash course this summer involving Utah’s vast oil shale resources.

They set about to answer the question of whether those resources can be developed, should be developed, and if so, what hurdles would have to be overcome.

The idea was to present a research paper at the 35th Annual Oil Shale Symposium that began Monday in Salt Lake City and continues Tuesday.

They came out with “Oil Shale Treasure Trove or Pandora’s Box,” a 116-page e-book because the topic is so complex.

“We are trying to engage people in a reasonable discussion and take a look at their resource,” said Ron Stites, a research chemist and managing member of Stites & Associates. […]

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