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Topic: OT Oil Shale, was Roasting, Grinding, Brewing for Office Bunn? (3 msgs / 73 lines)
1) From: Brian Kamnetz
Hi Ray,
I was out in the oil shale fields in 1981, working as a miner with
Diablo Mining, or some such name. We were working near Parachute, west
of Rifle, creating a hole in which the shale processing equipment was
to be installed. But, as you said, the money suddenly evaporated
(probably when world oil prices fell) and as far as I know the hole is
still sitting there empty. Speaking of shale oil, back them I was
still drinking convenience store coffee.... We worked 8 days on, then
4 days off. I'd often spend my 4 off days in Denver. Get off work in
the evening and head east across the Rockies, with a couple 7-11
burritos and a large 7-11 coffee, looking up through the open sunroof
at the stars. Those were good days, before the traffic got so heavy,
so that I was alone in my car on long stretches through the mountains,
chomping burritos, sipping dreck, looking at the stars, Lamont
Cranston band on the tape deck....
Brian
Brian
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2) From: Vicki Smith
My husband is off at the Global Petroleum Conference in Calgary today. 
He learned that hard lesson about the cyclical aspect to all of this in 
the early 80s as well. He's riding the bull again, but doing it a little 
differently. It's the whole older and wiser thing.
v
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3) From: raymanowen
Small world, Brian and Vicki!
"...working near Parachute, west of Rifle..." The heck you say, Brian.
That's exactly the source of our core samples. Same time frame, too. We
prepped 50mm dia X 100mm samples with parallel polished ends.
We tested in a 500 ton instrumented MTS hydraulic press, under 3,000-
12,000psi triaxial loading, at 20, 180- 500degree C temperatures. Egad- I
was afraid they might meet some of my friends "down there." 500C is high
enough to retort the kerogen.
I think I bought my second pound of Kenya AA from Boyer about then and
roasted some in one of the earth mechanics institute (EMI) labs. At the
time, I was also doing some testing after hours for an Ethiopian student's
grad thesis.
They invited us over for dinner. His wife brewed some Ethiopian coffee, like
Turkish coffee in a swan necked pot. I forget his name- and my lab notes
went with his patent application.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Yesteryear was fun, even though I knew nothing about coffee-
On 6/13/06, Brian Kamnetz  wrote:
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