The National Oil Shale Association (NOSA) held its Annual Meeting of Members, and Board of Directors Meeting that followed, in Vernal, Utah on November 14, 2019. Items of business included approval of the 2020 budget, election of two Board Members, selection of 2020 Officers, naming of 2019 “Spent Shalers”, and adoption of two clarifying Bylaw changes.
Isak Stolen of Wheeler Machinery Co. and Justin Bilyue of Shale Tech International Services LLC were elected to join Chuck Whiteman of TerraCarta LLC and Adolf Lechtenberger of Red Leaf Resources Inc. to fill out the Board of Directors. Ed Cooley announced that E.R.T.L would no longer be a Sustaining Member and consequently he was stepping down as Chairman after years of dedicated service to NOSA. Justin Bilyeu was elected to take his place. Gary Aho announced that he would not continue as Executive Director in 2020, as did Glenn Vawter, Associate Executive Director. Gary was thanked for his long and dedicated service. The Board elected Deena Stanley to continue as Secretary Treasurer and take on an additional roll as Executive Director.
Eight deserving members of the oil shale community were named “Spent Shalers”. Four were present as pictured below. The remaining four awardees are Dr. Dominic Repici, Stuart Dykstra, Congressman Scott Tipton and Rikki Hrenko-Browning. Congressman Tipton’s certificate was delivered to his office in Grand Junction and accepted by Michael Melneck, Field Representative. The naming of Spent Shalers was started by Colorado Congressman Wayne Aspenall decades ago to recognize individuals who believe oil shale is an important national resource and advocate its responsible development.