BLM releases final oil shale plan |

BLM releases final oil shale plan

DENVER ” Federal officials have released a final plan for opening nearly 2 million acres of public land in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado to commercial oil shale development.

The Bureau of Land Management released the plan on Thursday, a month later than planned to give the public more time to comment.

The potential of the region’s vast oil shale reserves is getting close attention as the debate over increasing domestic energy production heats up.

The shale is thought to contain 800 billion barrels of recoverable oil.

The technology to squeeze the oil out of the rock is still experimental and commercial production is likely at least a decade off.

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