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Oct. 21st, 2011 @ 10:34 am This is Kinda Interesting
This company is trying to heat Shale underground, meaning no strip mining and then a big mess to clean up from the left over mountains of deoiled rock. It doesn't actually say how they are getting the shale to heat but it would really take pumping a lotta calories down there and I was wondering if there was a way to recover the heat after they close a field in a geothermal sort of way...

http://www.slb.com/news/inside_news/2011/2011_1020_coaxing_oil_from_shale.aspx
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 24th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)

Heating Shale

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I wonder if they could find the specific harmonic resonance range of the oil molecules and use something like active sonar pinging to heat the oil up enough to separate it from the sedimentary rock. I am picturing a process taking a few months, where low power pulses are used from a variety of directions, if the separation process is presumed to work then the oil would separate and seep through the rock to collection channels drilled bellow the deposit. The sludge could then be pumped to the surface using conventional methods and purified for use. Then when deposits have been tapped something like water vapor at significant (though not extreme) pressure could be used to re-permeate the rock and the collection troughs and pump shaft could be sealed. This would leave the ground structure fairly intact, there would be risk because this process still produces heat though it would mostly be concentrated in the oil instead of the surrounding strata.

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From:senseless
Date:November 2nd, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)

Fire Safety stuff

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