In the event of the development of the large oil shale reserves of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, one of the main environmental concerns will be disposal of retorted-oil shale which will be generated in greater volume than the original volume oI the mined oil shale. Investigators have found that leachates of retorted-oil shale are alkaline and have large concentrations of dissolved solids, molybdenum, boron, and fluoride (STOLLENWERK & RUNNELS 1981). STOLLENWERK & RUNNELS (1981) concluded that drainage from waste shale piles could have deleterious effects on the water quality of streams in northwestern Colorado.
|Title||Effect of retorted-oil shale leachate on a blue-green alga (Anabaena flos-aquae)|
|Authors||Diane M. McKnight, Wilfred E. Pereira, Colleen E. Rostad, Eric A. Stiles|
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Series Title||Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Toxic Substances Hydrology Program|