Boomtown blues : Colorado oil shale, 1885-1985 / Andrew Gulliford ; foreword by Richard D. Lamm.
By: Gulliford, Andrew.Material type: BookSeries: World resources and environmental issues series: Publisher: Niwot, Colo. : University Press of Colorado, 1989Edition: 1st ed.Description: xvi, 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0870811789; 9780870811784.Subject(s): Oil-shale industry -- Colorado -- History | Oil-shale industry | Colorado | Colorado (Staat) | Staat Colorado | Geschichte 1885-1985 | Geschichte 1885-1985Genre/Form: History. | Schiefer�olindustrie.Additional physical formats: Online version:: Boomtown blues.DDC classification: 338.2/7283/09788
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-295).
Exploration and settlement in the valley of the Colorado -- Outsiders, insiders, and ties that bind: the first oil shale boom and its aftermath -- Shale shock -- Exxon and the big boom -- From boom to bust: the tiger empties the tank -- The white paper, black Sunday, and corporate responsibility in the west.
"In 1980, Exxon U.S.A., the world's largest corporation, began development of a $5-billion oil shale industry in the pristine Colorado River Valley. Within eighteen months, Exxon had canceled its elaborate Colony Project and 2,100 workers were immediately laid off. Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale 1885-1985 chronicles the social, environmental and economic havoc created by one of the most expensive boom and bust cycles in the history of the American West. This 100-year historical account of the turbulent oil shale industry describes exploration and settlement in the Colorado River Valley as well as land ownership changes brought about since the first boom of 1915-1925. Included are poignant personal interviews, a comprehensive bibliography, and a critical review of Exxon's infamous "white paper" on the future of synthetic fuels in the United States. Boomtown Blues will be an important reference for historians, social scientists, environmentalists, policymakers, city planners, and all those who care about the fate of the American West"--Book jacket.