Responsible development of our Oil Shale resources


Dragon Shale is a privately held research and process development company changing the commercial Oil Shale production industry. Our process technology offers a new generation of small scale lower cost modular plant. Using this technology production of high value petrochemicals with a low carbon footprint, low water use and low emissions is now possible.


Our technology converts and extracts high value petrochemicals from Kerogen in oil shale, enabling new business strategies for owners of oil shale resources and a new petrochemical feedstock for manufacturers. Ongoing research and development on our patent pending process technology supported by a grant from the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative (USTAR) will further improve yields and reduce costs.


Oil shale extraction has typically been an expensive and wasteful process. Dragon Shale’s founders, with backgrounds in environmental responsibility and compliance testing aimed to change this. Our smaller scale process minimizes our impact on the local environment and maximize social the benefits from this readily available natural resource.

Latest News

Dragon Shale awarded USTAR TAP grant

May 4th, 2018|

Dragon Shale is delighted to announce that is has been successful in its application for a USTAR TAP grant. USTAR, the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative is a state funded program aimed at accelerating ...

Dragon Shale cross flow retort produces its first kerogen oil

October 2nd, 2018|Comments Off on Dragon Shale cross flow retort produces its first kerogen oil

Following a rapid build and test phase Dragon’s prototype cross flow design produces kerogen oil from oil shale  VERNAL, Utah, October 02, 2018: Dragon Shale LLC (Dragon), having been awarded a grant by USTAR (the Utah Science Technology And Research ...

The case for Kerogen Oil to chemicals

September 10th, 2018|Comments Off on The case for Kerogen Oil to chemicals

The oil industry has traditionally focused on maximizing the production of energy carriers from crude oil. For most of the previous century this made a great deal of sense as these products have been a driver, both good and bad, ...

Co-Founders Ron Stites and O. J. Schneider have worked at developing solutions to the technical and commercial problems facing the oil shale industry for many years.

In 2015 they joined forces and utilized a team of six young chemical engineering students to step back and re-examine the state of the industry from the bottom up. The findings were remarkable and pointed to the inability of existing big oil and others to see the fundamentals for success in developing the vast oils shale resources in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Ron and O.J. realized a new, simpler approach was needed and set out to identify the technologies that worked and those that needed improvements. Preliminary patent disclosure has been made for technology which will improve the existing technologies and new business strategies developed.