Tervist, Partner!

While our parent company, the world leader in oil shale production, hails from halfway around the world (“tervist” means “greetings” in Estonian), Enefit has been welcomed with open arms to Utah. We’re thankful for that and we’d like to welcome you to the first edition of our e-newsletter about oil shale and the development of our project in eastern Utah’s Uintah Basin.

We’ll e-mail you brief newsletters every month or so to keep you up-to-speed with how the project is developing. If, for some reason, you’d prefer not to receive these updates, please unsubscribe here. If you know someone who would like to subscribe, they can do so here.

We look forward to staying in touch! Feel free to visit us at EnefitUtah.com, and don’t hesitate to contact me at any time with questions or comments.

Rikki Hrenko
CEO, Enefit American Oil
Project Begins Environmental Review Process
We recently submitted an application to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to begin an Environmental Impact Statement on a portion of our privately owned property that we call “Enefit South.” This involves about one-third of the 30,274 acres that we control. While the site is privately owned, utilities to serve it must cross BLM land, which triggers an EIS.

Over the spring and summer, the BLM will work with state and federal agencies to identify potential environmental impacts from the project. Public scoping meetings are tentatively planned for the late summer.
These will provide an opportunity for any member of the public to comment on or ask questions about how the project might affect the Uintah Basin and surrounding area. We will let you know when and where these meetings are planned so you can attend.

During 2013, we are also continuing our process of collecting baseline data about the site and the project. This includes studying air quality, water resources, biological resources, cultural resources and socioeconomic conditions. A project like this requires a significant amount of study and we’re committed to meeting or exceeding all rules and regulations.
Join Us In Estonia in June …
... for the International Oil Shale Symposium, the most prominent conference for the global oil shale community, where experts, business leaders and government officials share their views, experience and latest scientific and industrial research findings.

Co-sponsored by Enefit, the Colorado School of Mines, Tallinn University of Technology and University of Tartu, the conference will be held June 10-13, 2013, in Tallinn, Estonia, and will also feature a tour of Enefit’s oil shale production facilities in eastern Estonia.

This is a great opportunity to see how Estonia has developed its oil shale resources and learn how Utah can do the same. Several Utah business and government leaders are planning to attend. If you’re interested in joining our delegation, please contact Kandice Davis at 801 638 8633. More information about the symposium can be found here.
Misconception-busters: Is oil shale production water-intensive?

Estimates show oil shale projects using from one to three barrels of water for every one barrel of oil produced. Enefit’s project will be on the low end of that scale.

By contrast, producing just one two-liter bottle of your favorite sweetened soda pop uses four to eight barrels of water!
What’s your favorite misconception about oil shale? Let us know and we’ll include it in a future newsletter.