shale oil


Definition of shale oil

: a crude dark oil obtained from oil shale by heating

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Recent Examples on the Web For shale oil or gas wells, what operators found out quickly was that conventional 20-40 sized sand, used for decades in fracking operations, could not be pumped into the cracks because the cracks in shale were too thin in width. Ian Palmer, Forbes, 19 May 2021 However, that price was sufficient for U.S. shale oil to expand by more than 1 mb/d per year before January 2020, and U.S. producers historically respond to price, not market balances, which implies that drilling in the Permian will soon recover. Michael Lynch, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 The Permian Basin is the world’s largest shale oil and gas field, located in the Dallas Fed’s Eleventh District service area, straddling the Texas-New Mexican borders. Bethany Blankley, Washington Examiner, 17 Mar. 2021 The adverse winter weather in Texas decreased global crude supply further, as pipelines and equipment on shale oil fields froze, although this has largely recovered in recent days. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, 24 Feb. 2021 Jim Wilkes, president of a small, private Texas shale oil producer in Fort Worth, is still unable to restart production after his wells and other equipment froze at the beginning of the week. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, 19 Feb. 2021 Weiss explained that Wells Fargo could, for instance, still provide financing for shale oil or similar projects. Matt Egan, CNN, 8 Mar. 2021 Market fundamentals have shifted, especially in the U.S. with the emergence of shale oil. Alex Longley, Fortune, 27 Feb. 2021 As shale oil production boomed in the Permian Basin, so did flaring and venting; in recent years, more Texan gas has gone up into the heavens than been used in the state’s homes. Liam Denning, Chron, 18 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of shale oil

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Shale oil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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