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 Vast resources remain in place in Utah, including a billion barrels of oil in the Uinta Basin and the world’s largest deposits of oil shale and lesser amounts of tar sands. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Mar. 2022 Ida-Virumaa’s rich oil shale deposits make the country nearly the highest per capita carbon emitter in Europe. Isabelle De Pommereau, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Mar. 2022 According to Utah business filings, that company’s registered agent is James Kohler, who had previously served as the BLM’s Utah solid minerals branch chief who oversaw federal tar sands and oil shale deposits in Utah. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Dec. 2020 The uranium rush was out of sight in the future as was the demand for oil shale and oil sands. Ted Trueblood, Field & Stream, 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, 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, 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, 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, 25 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of oil shale

1866, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2022

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“Oil shale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oil%20shale. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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