Monday, May 12, 2008
Robert Rapier has commented on his blog about Shell Oil's recent foray into water rights in Colorado. Apparently they are busy buying up water rights. Water will be a big part of the process in getting shale production online. Robert has concerns about the production of shale oil. I share those concerns. Given the situation with the tar sands in Canada, and the technology required to get the oil (actually kerogen) out of the shale, I can't imagine this being anything other than an environmental nightmare. If we pull 1-3 mbbls/day out of the shale (and that day is a long way off), we will doing real good. Are we so addicted that we'll risk the loss of valuable water to keep up with the Happy Motoring lifestyle? You can't drink oil and it has no nutritional value that I know of.