- Man accused of setting fire to Delta bar; posted photos of it burning on Facebook (9/17/17)5
- Owner of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew in Perryville to open new culinary concept in Cape (9/15/17)3
- McClure man accused of leaving children in hot truck while gambling in casino (9/19/17)1
- New boutique store advocates for special-needs people (9/19/17)
- Retailer may come to Jackson; rezoning needed first (9/17/17)2
- Planet Fitness to anchor Town Plaza shopping center (9/18/17)2
- Mo. conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. (9/15/17)
- Jury finds Harris guilty of murder, 3 other counts (9/15/17)4
- Former major-league slugger Darryl Strawberry to speak at La Croix (9/20/17)
- Young entrepreneurs add fresh ideas, unique offerings for area market (9/18/17)
Oil shale production
I would like to comment on the story in the Southeast Missourian of Feb. 10 on the future of oil shale productions in our western states.
I lived at the foot of the oil shale outcroppings at Palisade, Colo., for many years, a beautiful fruit-growing community.
One of the outstanding features of the oil shale outcroppings is Mount Garfield at Palisade. This mountain is gorgeous in the western sunsets.
In the 1950s and early 1960s, I was employed at different mines in western Colorado: Climax, Colo., 12 miles above Leadville, Colo., hard rock mining (molybdenum); Rifle, Colo., (oil shale); and Parachute, Colo., (oil shale). For many years oil shale production was not feasible because of production costs, even though some roads were paved with shale oil.
The Indians called it "the rock that burns." You could throw some oil rocks in the campfire and they would burn. The only problem was sometimes they would explode and scatter your campfire in all directions.
A town just west of Rifle was surveyed and platted but because of production cost of oil shale, it was not to be.
The oil shale formations go from Western Colorado, across Utah and on and on and on.
Now they have a low-cost way for production. Thousands of American will be employed and our whole country will benefit.
Hopefully it will come to pass.
WILLIAM C. HANCOCK, Scott City