Earth Search Sciences Kicks Off Wy. Shale Drilling

Earth Search Sciences announced that drilling is set to begin today on an oil shale gasification site under a development agreement with its subsidiary company General Synfuels International (GSI). The core and instrument holes will accommodate proof-of-concept testing for a zero-footprint, zero-emission in-situ oil shale recovery process developed by the company on lands in the heart of an oil shale formation that encompasses parts of Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.

"American energy security depends on smart, environmentally responsible development methods represented by the low-impact process we will demonstrate in Wyoming," said Michael Lockhart, chief technical officer of Earth Search Sciences. "We are excited to demonstrate the effectiveness of this patented GSI technology."

The test site is located near Rock Springs, Wyoming, in the Green River Formation. Here, the most economically attractive oil shale deposits in the USA exist. Government projections are that in excess of 1.2 trillion barrels are found in the Green River Formation of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

The site chosen was approved by Anadarko Petroleum, which controls the mineral rights. The Rock Springs Grazing Association has also approved the clean environmental aspects of the technology and is supporting the test site with its assignment of surface rights.