oil shale


Definition of oil shale

: a rock (such as shale) from which oil can be recovered by distillation

Examples of oil shale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The uranium rush was out of sight in the future as was the demand for oil shale and oil sands. Ted Trueblood, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The Biggest Ripoff," 29 Nov. 2020 The oil shale industry plays a critical role in Pennsylvania's economy, with more than 32,000 people working in the sector as of June 2020. Steven Lerner, Washington Examiner, "As Pennsylvania shale industry takes center stage in presidential campaign, report suggests state should look at alternative energy sources," 28 Oct. 2020 In Midland, Texas, the epicenter of the oil shale boom over the last decade, parking lots at companies like Chevron, Diamondback and Apache are empty aside from a scattering of pumping trucks. Clifford Krauss, New York Times, "‘I’m Just Living a Nightmare’: Oil Industry Braces for Devastation," 21 Apr. 2020 The agreement cut production by 9.7 million barrels a day, which may raise oil prices enough to restore profitability to oil shale producers. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "White House Report Card: Frustrations mount with nation stuck in virus crisis," 18 Apr. 2020 Compare, for example, Switzerland’s exceptionally low-carbon grid to Estonia’s, which runs primarily on oil shale. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Few exceptions to the rule that going electric reduces emissions," 25 Mar. 2020 Other companies could jump in with their own solvents, especially since Utah offers sizable tax credits for mining oil sands and oil shale. Clifford Krauss, The Seattle Times, "Canadian firm tests new process to turn Utah sands into oil," 27 Aug. 2018 The organic pigments come from oil shale deposits drilled by an energy exploration company in the Taoudeni Basin in Mauritania, West Africa, about ten years ago. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Pink Was the First Color of Life on Earth," 10 July 2018 The molecules could have come from something like kerogen, a component of fossil fuel that is found in coal and oil shale. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Life on Mars? Rover’s Latest Discovery Puts It ‘On the Table’," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of oil shale

1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Oil shale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20shale. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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