Using microwaves to unlock tight oil

OZY:
MOVE OVER, FRACKING. THERE’S A NEW TECHNOLOGY IN TOWN

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As strange as it sounds, producers are experimenting with ways to zap previously unextractable oil resources with microwaves, which has the potential to kick-start an even bigger energy revolution than fracking — and appease environmentalists while they’re at it. This is potentially “a whole shift in the paradigm,” says Peter Kearl, co-founder and CTO of Qmast, a Colorado-based company pioneering the use of the microwave tech. Some marquee names are betting on the play: Oil giants BP and ConocoPhillips are pouring resources into developing similar extraction techniques, which can be far less water- and energy-intensive than fracking.
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There is much more.  If they can make this technology work it could free up more oil than anyone has imagined.  Imports of oil could drop dramatically.

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