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Investor Risks from Oil Shale Development

May 2012 - The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently proposed limiting federal leases for development of oil shale to Research, Development, and Demonstration (RD&D) leases instead of commercial leases. Given the many risks surrounding oil shale development, including technological uncertainties, regulatory risks, and water constraints, BLM’s proposed RD&D approach makes sense. Investors should be similarly cautious in evaluating future investment in this technology.

May 2012 - The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently proposed limiting federal leases for development of oil shale to Research, Development, and Demonstration (RD&D) leases instead of commercial leases. Given the many risks surrounding oil shale development, including technological uncertainties, regulatory risks, and water constraints, BLM’s proposed RD&D approach makes sense. Investors should be similarly cautious in evaluating future investment in this technology.

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