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  • dhrosier dhrosier Feb 15, 1998 5:36 PM Flag

    The end of Cheap Oil; Scientific America

    The March, 1998 issue is a must read for everyone who has enough interest to read more than two messages on this thread. There are 4 articles as summarized below. The full articles are not (as of 15 February) available on the web site. I urge you to go buy the magazine anyway! There are some great artist renderings of, for example, horizontal drilling underground cutaway views.

    I have copied the 4 article summaries immediately following and provided a link to the page which has the summaries. That might lead you to the full articles if/when they put them on the net. There is also a link to an article on 4D exploration.

    Scientific American Articles

    The End of Cheap Oil (summaries, series of four articles) March, 1998
    target=new >http://www.sciam.com/1998/0398issue/0398quicksummary.html


    Oil in 4D November, 1997
    target=new >http://www.sciam.com/1197issue/1197techbus4.html


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    • I enjoyed the The end of Cheap oil and 4D .

      Thanks
      rjoec

    • I inadvertantly left these out of the prior post. Note everything is copyright by Scientific American.

      QUICK ARTICLE SUMMARIES
      MARCH 1998

      SPECIAL REPORT:

      PREVENTING THE NEXT OIL CRUNCH

      Global production of oil from conventional sources is
      likely to peak and decline permanently during the
      next decade, according to the most thoughtful
      analyses. In these articles, industry experts explain
      why and describe technologies that could cushion
      against the shock of a new energy crisis.

      THE END OF CHEAP OIL
      Colin J. Campbell and Jean H. Laherr�re

      Forecasts about the abundance of oil are usually
      warped by inconsistent definitions of "reserves." In
      truth, every year for the past two decades the
      industry has pumped more oil than it has discovered,
      and production will soon be unable to keep up with
      rising demand.

      MINING FOR OIL
      Richard L. George

      Tarry sands and shales in Canada alone hold more
      than 300 billion barrels of petroleum, more than
      Saudi Arabia's reserves. Some companies can now
      extract that oil economically, while addressing
      environmental concerns over open-pit mining.

      OIL PRODUCTION IN THE 21ST CENTURY
      Roger N. Anderson

      Tracking the flow of underground crude,
      pressurizing dead wells and steering drills
      horizontally will help keep current oil fields alive.
      Meanwhile better engineering will open reserves
      under the deep ocean.

      LIQUID FUELS FROM NATURAL GAS
      Safaa A. Fouda

      Liquefied as gasoline, methanol or diesel fuel,
      natural gas can buffer the coming decline in crude
      oil. Technological improvements are making this
      conversion cheaper and more efficient.

 

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