Short Courses and Conferences

34th Oil Shale Symposium

October 13 - 15, 2014

Oil Shale Field Trip to the Piceance Creek and Uinta Basins

A two-day field trip to the Piceance Creek and Uinta Basins will provide insights into the oil shale resource from geological and technological perspectives. We will visit key outcrop localities and oil shale test and production facilities. The two-day field trip will leave from Golden, Colorado on October 16th at 7:00 AM and return to Golden on October 17th at approximately 9:00 PM. The trip will include transportation, accommodations in a double-occupancy room, one breakfast, and two lunches. Participation will be limited to 40. The itinerary may change depending upon accessibility and permission.

Day 1 Itinerary, October 16, 2014

  • 7:00 AM – Leave Golden
  • Stop 1 – Rifle Overview: An introduction to the Green River Formation in the Piceance basin and Uinta basin, with a view to the Roan Cliffs and Anvil Point mine
  • Stop 2 – Shale Tech retort site: Shale Tech is currently completing experimental retorting of Green River Formation Oil Shale
  • Stop 3 – Douglas Pass: Shallow water environments in the Piceance Basin: an example of the marginal deposits of the Green River Formation. The depositional history of the Piceance basin and it relationship to the oil shale deposits in the basin center.
  • Travel to Vernal for dinner and overnight lodging.

Day 2 Itinerary, October 17, 2014

  • 7:30 AM – Leave Vernal
  • Stop 4 - Upper Green River Formation - Deep lake sediments and the richest oil shale deposits in Uinta basin, Utah – Examine outcrop exposures of the upper Green River Formation near Park Canyon.
  • Stop 5 - The End of Lake Uinta - Examine outcrop along Evacuation Creek displaying the upper Green River Formation saline zone (Birds Nest aquifer) overlain by volcaniclastic debris flows.
  • Stop 6 - Tour of Enefit's White River oil shale mine.
  • Stop 7 - Gilsonite vein overlook - gilsonite is a solid hydrocarbon that originated from rich oil shale beds and was deposited in long linear veins/dikes. Gilsonite is unique to the Uinta Basin and is mined for a variety of uses.
  • Drive back to Golden – estimated time of arrival 8:00 PM.

The Field Trip can accommodate only a limited number of participants and generally fills quickly; therefore, early registration is recommended. If you register for the Field Trip and then cancel your registration, NO REFUND WILL BE GIVEN.

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