USTAR/SPE Update on Oil Shale in Utah

USTAR and SPE Salt Lake Petroleum

Utah Oil Shale Resources and Technology Update


Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Leonardo

209 East 500 South,

Salt Lake City, UT 84011


The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Salt Lake Petroleum Section are hosting a one-half day workshop on oil shale in Utah. The workshop will be from 8:45 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. on November 13, 2008. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Registration and continental breakfast start at 8:00 a.m. The entrance fee is $30.00, to partially defray expenses. The venue is the Leonardo, 209 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84011 ( The agenda is shown below. There will be 15 minute presentations with questions covering the resource, technologies, environmental and processing. For further information, please contact John McLennan, at 801-634-4412 or


To register, go to



8:00-8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:35 Welcome and Logistics Craig Buschmann, Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP, (SPE Chairperson)

8:35-8:45 USTAR and Oil Shale Ted McAleer, USTAR Director

8:45-9:05 Oil Shale Development Policy Jared Brown, Senator Hatch’s Office

9:05-9:25 Oil Shale: An Introduction Steve Schamel, GeoX Consulting

9:25-9:45 Basin-wide Evaluation of the Uppermost Green River Formation's Oil-Shale Resource, Uinta Basin, UT and CO Mike Vandenberg, Utah Geological Survey

9:45-10:05 Technical Aspects of Producing Oil from Oil Shale Milind Deo, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Utah

10:05-10:20 Break

10:20-10:40 Environmental Technologies Applicable to Shale Development Phil Smith, Institute for Clean and Secure Energy, University of Utah (ICSE)

10:40-11:00 OSEC’s White River Project Gary Aho, OSEC

11:00-11:20 Environmental, Alternative Fuels Laura Nelson, EcoShale

11:20-11:35 DOE Loan Guarantee Program Steve Richards, CAPPA

11:35-12:30 Lunch

12:15-1:00 Featured Luncheon Speaker Tracy Boyd, Communications and Sustainability Manager, Shell Exploration & Production Co. – Shell’s Unconventional Oil Mahogany Research Project - Technology to Secure our Energy Future



Registration is $30.00 (plus a $0.99 on-line fee). Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. on November 12, 2008. To register, go to


If there are any questions or concerns please contact John McLennan, Salt Lake Petroleum Section of SPE Secretary at 801-634-4412 (mobile) or 801-587-7925 (office) or  


While online registration is preferred so that attendance can be tracked, if it is necessary to register by check, please make checks payable to “SPE” and remit $30.00 to:


Dr. David Handwerger

SPE Salt Lake Petroleum Section Treasurer

C/O TerraTek Inc., a Schlumberger Company

Pioneer Business Park

1935 South Freemont Drive

Salt Lake City, UT 84104



The sponsorship of various organizations is gratefully acknowledged. These are USTAR, SPE, TerraTek, A Schlumberger Company, the Energy Geoscience Institute (EGI) at the University of Utah, and Idaho National Laboratory.



Name Sales End Price Fee
Standard Ended $30 $0.99
Student Ended $12.5 $

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