Ron and all six of the interns from this summers project managed by Ettanet, SALLC and Blue Ensign took to the road this past week. This wasn’t an ordinary trip out to the country with a little sightseeing. The group toured across eastern Utah, western Colorado and souterhn Wyoming. The principal purpose of this trip was to show the interns what their research involved in a practical, real world setting.
In Utah visits to the Green River Basin, home to the worlds richest deposits of Oil Shale and Dragon – near the CUOS property. Beyond seeing the source of the resource they were research trips to current production sites were organised such as to Shale Tech where the team met with Justin Bilyeu. To get some idea of chemical processes involved in turned Oil Shale into synthetic crude the group also visited the Institute for Clean & Secure Energy at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. While in Salt Lake a trip was made to Red Leaf Inc., one of the current players in the processing of Oil Shale. Finally a visit to the prestigious Colorado School of Mines was made. Here the group met with Dr. Jeremy Boak one of the foremost academic authorities on Oil Shale.
Of course the trip was not all business and the interns got to see a great deal of America’s “wild west” up close. With visits to Rock Springs, Rifle and Laramie.