oil shale

noun

Definition of oil shale 

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

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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 In the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Inhofe fought to include specific language encouraging greater reliance on alternative oil sources such as oil shale. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "The EPA’s deputy chief may be an even bigger threat to the environment than Scott Pruitt," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of oil shale

1866, in the meaning defined above

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