Shell Oil is attempting to wring oil from the rocks in the Green River Formation near Rangely. If successful, supporters say the oil shale could supply the nation’s energy for decades; detractors claim it’s expensive, inefficient and environmentally hazardous.
The United States’ dependence on foreign oil leaves it vunerable to the whims of OPEC, political unrest in Venezuela and Nigeria, and facing increasing competition from China for its oil needs.

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