NOSA Annual Meeting Report and Minutes

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.

Spent Shaler Recipients (L to R): Tom Fowler, Ron Stites, Alair Emory and Deena Stanley

Spent Shaler Recipients (L to R): Tom Fowler, Ron Stites, Alair Emory and Deena Stanley

NOSA Officers: Justin Bilyue, Chairman & Deena Stanley, Executive Director& Secretary Treasurer

NOSA Officers: Justin Bilyue, Chairman & Deena Stanley, Executive Director& Secretary Treasurer

NOSA Luncheon Meeting – August 28, 2019

The National Oil Shale Association will hold a luncheon meeting for all members and invited guests on August 28, 2019 at noon at the Quarry Steak House in Vernal, Utah where an update of NOSA activities will be presented. The meeting is being held in conjunction with the Uintah Basin Energy Summit August 28 – 29 at the Uintah Conference Center.

NOSA Board Meets at Anvil Points

Members of the Board of Directors of the National Oil Shale Association met either in person or via phone hookup on May 23rd. The meeting was hosted by Justin Bilyeu at the Shale Technology International Services office at Anvil Points, Colorado during a pouring rainstorm that at times nearly obscured the view of the company’s pilot plant outside the meeting room window. Routine business of the Association was led by President Ed Cooley. Executive Director Gary Aho reported on the actions of the organization including sending letters to Federal agency heads seeking support to form an Advisory Board to revisit the provision of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that encouraged the development of oil shale but has not been acted upon by subsequent Administrations. The Board decided to participate in the Uintah Basin Energy Summit in Vernal, Utah on August 30th and host a lunch for members and invited guests. The three Directors that attended the Board Meeting in person reluctantly agreed to the picture below (from left to right, Chuck Whiteman, Justin Bilyeu and Ed Cooley).

The Directors of the National Oil Shale Association met in Vernal, Utah on March 12, 2019. Ron Stites, a Director of NOSA, hosted the meeting at Dragon Shale, the site of his experimental oil shale facility. After the meeting, Ron hosted a lunch for the Vernal Chamber of Commerce and NOSA members where Dragon Shale staff briefed the assembled group on the unique technology being developed by Dragon Shale.

NOSA Board Meets in Meeker, CO

The NOSA Board of Directors met at the New Fire and Police Meeting Room in Meeker, Colorado on January 15, 2019. Rio Blanco Commissioner Si Woodruff sat in on the meeting where the organization’s plans and challenges were discussed, including future water availability for oil shale projects. The Board appreciates the hospitality shown by the Commissioner and the good people of Meeker. The next NOSA Board Meeting is scheduled to be in Vernal, Utah at the Dragon Shale offices on March 12, 2019.


June 6, 2018

On June 1, 2018, the National Oil Shale Association was one of seven parties to testify before a U. S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Minerals. The title of the hearing was “Natural Gas and Oil Shale of the Piceance Basin” and it was held at Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, Colorado. Representing the Subcommittee were Chairman Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Representative Scott Tipton (R-CO).

Gary Aho, NOSA’s Executive Director, represented the Association. He presented key points from NOSA’s 2017 White Paper that called on Congress to follow through on the findings of the Task Force on Unconventional Fuels which issued its final report in 2007 as mandated by the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

NOSA put forth a “call to action’ in regard to oil shale. Key points included the following:
Oil shale is an important domestic resource with over 70% located on Federal lands in CO, UT and WY. This is believed to be the largest, single, untapped hydrocarbon resource in the world
This oil shale resource could meet a critical part of the Nation’s petroleum and chemical needs for well over 100 years
Oil shale development will create thousands of high-paying, long-term jobs
Oil shale development will generate billions of dollars in tax and royalty revenues to the Federal, State and local governments
Oil shale development will result in improved national and economic security for the U.S. and reduce strategic dependence on foreign oil
Oil shale can become the National Strategic Oil Shale Reserve (NSOSR), replacing much of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve that now exists

NOSA then presented the following recommendations to Congress:

The current Administration should include oil shale in its “all-of-the-above” National Energy Policy
The BLM should designate certain oil shale areas as Strategic, such that they are off limits to conventional oil and gas drilling. The shale oil per acre far exceeds the value of any gas that might be produced from that acreage.
Congress should revisit the 2005 Energy Policy Act mandates, which are still part of the law
Congress should establish an Oil Shale Advisory Board to review the 2007 Task Force Report and update it to include recommendations appropriate for these times and the current domestic oil production scenario
Oil Shale Advisory Board members would include representatives from the Departments of Energy, Defense, and Interior, EPA, industry and state and local governments
NOSA would be engaged to Chair the Oil Shale Advisory Board and work with the Board to produce a Final Report with recommendations to Congress within 9 months
NOSA, a non-profit, would receive a Federal grant of $250,000 to direct the efforts of the Advisory Board, organize meetings, and produce the Final Report

NOSA is a not-for-profit educational association that puts forth factual information on oil shale and the benefits the nation will receive from developing this bountiful natural resource. The Association membership includes companies, individual and nonprofit organizations Contact information is:

Gary D. Aho
Executive Director
National Oil Shale Association
P.O. Box 411, Rifle, Co 81650

Oil Shale Importance


Oil shale is an important domestic energy resource because:
1. Oil shale is a huge untapped domestic resource that can assist the nation in becoming less reliant upon foreign sources of petroleum and reduce the price we pay at the pump over the long term.
2. There are looming oil shortages, higher gasoline prices and political instability resulting from importing so much petroleum.
Green-River-Formation3. Both the military and public will benefit through the stabilization of gasoline prices, the reduction in the trade deficit, the creation of jobs here at home, the tax and royalty income for local communities, and a more secure future for our children and grandchildren.
4. Thus, a U.S. government policy is needed that supports the development of all domestic energy resources, including oil shale.

Oil shale can become a sustainable industry after decades of setbacks, because:
1. Knowledge about oil shale processing has improved here in the United States, and from the experience of foreign firms.
2. Despite reports to the contrary, a wealth of information is available to the public and decision makers on water usage, environmental impacts, energy efficiency, socioeconomic impacts and benefits, and climate change implications.
3. Lessons were learned from the past attempts to commercialize oil shale. Today, there are no government mandates and financial incentive for quick production as there were in an earlier boom and bust era.
4. Current research and development projects are taking a methodical and deliberate approach to obtain the detailed technical, economic and environmental answers before proceeding.

Oil Shale is a natural resource that produces fuel for automobiles, jet planes, trains and trucks. It is a rock that contains a solid hydrocarbon called kerogen. The composition of the rock varies depending upon the geologic origin. While oil shale is found in many regions of the world, the largest deposits of rich oil shale occur in the United States. There are oil shale deposits in the eastern United States but the thickest and richest oil shale deposits are those in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming as can be seen on the following map.

NOSA Brochure  – More Information on pages 2,3, of our brochure.
OIL SHALE – Green River Formation, print this page.