THE OIL SANDS OF ALABAMA: AN UNTAPPED RESOURCE
- Provide a plan that facilitates potential commercial development of Alabama’s oil sands resources;
- Assist in the realization of likely economic and social benefits that accrue from orderly and environmentally sound development of Alabama’s oil sands;
- Provide a focus for oil sands activities and initiatives in the state to conduct complete geological, geochemical, geophysical, and engineering analyses;
- Evaluate and develop appropriate legal and regulatory frameworks.
Work within the AOSP has included a comprehensive review of existing data at the GSA and OGB, including data from wells, rock cores, and field notes. Fieldwork has commenced, building on previous work of B 111. In 2015, plans are for additional analysis of cores and subsequent chemical analyses of the rock and bitumen, with particular attention to data that would inform decisions about feasible economic development. Current reservoir models and reserve estimates will then be recalculated using up-to-date methodologies. Information is being sought concerning newer surface and in-situ extraction technologies that could be economically employed on small- to medium-sized deposits such as this. These facts will allow for a comprehensive assessment of the potential development of the Oil Sands of Alabama.