29 Sep '13, 10pm

#peakoil Geology beats technology: Shell shuts down oil shale pilot project: The belief that technology can al...

Geology beats technology: Shell shuts down oil shale pilot project The belief that technology can always overcome natural limits just took a big hit this week when Royal Dutch Shell PLC decided to shut down its pilot oil shale project in western Colorado after 31 years of experimentation . The ostensible reason is that the company has opportunities elsewhere. Shell says it wants to shift resources away from the intransigent rock and move it to profitable opportunities. That sounds logical. But, it might have sounded logical in any of the last 10 years as oil prices rose to historic heights while oil shale projects languished. Even today the average daily price of crude oil hovers near its historic highs set in 2011 and again in 2012 . The prize for anyone who profitably unlocks these deposits is huge, an estimated 800 billion barrels of recoverable resources . So why isn’t...

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