shale oil

noun

Definition of shale oil

: a crude dark oil obtained from oil shale by heating

Examples of shale oil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The general concern with energy security had dissipated over the past decade, in part because of the emergence of U.S. shale oil. Daniel Yergin, WSJ, 6 July 2022 The other factors, such as rising shale oil production, increased ‘leakage’ from Iran and/or Venezuela would have a gradual impact as the year progresses. Michael Lynch, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 But then, oil supply pessimists think U.S. shale oil production has peaked and therefore new Saudi capacity will be vital to the global economy—and soon. Michael Lynch, Forbes, 15 July 2022 Before war broke out in Ukraine, Estonia had pledged to stop producing electricity from shale oil by 2035. Isabelle De Pommereau, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Mar. 2022 Some industry executives say the increase could be as much as 1 million barrels a day, mostly from shale oil. Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2022 Neuquén is home to the Vaca Muerta shale play, which contains the second largest shale gas and the fourth largest shale oil reserves in the world. Baker Institute, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 New York’s state pension fund moved last month to sell $238 million of stock and debt of 21 shale oil and gas companies over environmental concerns, and a range of funds have divested Russian assets since the Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine. Alex Wittenberg, Bloomberg.com, 30 Mar. 2022 Amy Myers Jaffe, energy expert at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, said shale oil firms were likely to boost production by about 900,000 barrels a day over a 12-month period, adding about 7% to the U.S. supply. Don Leestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shale oil

1857, in the meaning defined above

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31 Jul 2022

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“Shale oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shale%20oil. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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