Grand Junction congressional hearing looks into development of oil shale |

Grand Junction congressional hearing looks into development of oil shale

A congressional subcommittee on energy and minerals will hold a hearing Wednesday in Grand Junction, on the topic American Jobs and Energy Security: Domestic Oil Shale, the status of Research, Regulation and Roadblocks.

The hearing has been called by two Colorado congressmen, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, to highlight their interest in the oil shale industry and the roughly 2 million acres of federal and private oil shale lands in western Colorado, eastern Utah and southeastern Wyoming.

The term “oil shale” refers to rock formations deep in the earth that carry a petroleum-like substance called kerogen, which can be extracted by heating the rock.

Although no viable proven technology exists for extracting and refining the kerogen into a liquid fuel, some believe there could be a trillion barrels of fuel in the formation.

The hearing will be held at the Grand Junction Civic Center, 250 N. Fifth St., starting at 9 a.m.

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