Shell Exploration and Production will be conducting a series of community briefings this week concerning their oil shale project between Rifle and Meeker in Rio Blanco County. For the past 25 years, Shell has been experimenting with their “In situ” conversion process that extracts oil from shale. Recent leases on federal land will help Shell move from an experimental phase to a possible commercial scale in coming years, according to Jill Davis, the public affairs representative from Shell.Shell has determined its next step will be an “Oil Shale Test,” a demonstration project to mature a potential commercial design. Plus, it will continue to study environmental and socio-economic impacts on the local communities.
Meeker: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 5-6:30pm at the Fairfield Community Center
Rangely: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 9-10:30 am at the Colorado Northwestern Community College
Grand Junction: Wednesday, 6-7:30 pm at the Doubletree Hotel
Rifle: Thursday, Feb. 22, 9-10:30, Garfield County Fairgrounds