The High Cost of Oil Shale

July 28, 2012

The oil industry has long touted oil shale as a potential goldmine, despite the high economic and environmental cost of extracting oil from rock. Ranchers, farmers, and local electeds have spoken out in defense of our land and water, shifting the media and policy landscape around this speculative industry. A proposal this year to provide more land and royalties to oil shale companies was defeated in the Republican-controlled House.