Vision and Purpose
The goal of COSTAR is to advance its status as the world's preeminent organization for integrated oil shale research. COSTAR has assembled an interdisciplinary group of research partners based at several institutions in the U.S. There are two major research objectives: (1) to help develop oil shale resources to enhance global energy supplies; and (2) to minimize the environmental conse-quences of developing oil shale.
COSTAR is headquartered at the Colorado School of Mines within the Geology and Geological Engineering Department. COSTAR also engages research affiliates at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (U. Wisconsin) and Binghamton University (Binghamton U.), and benefits from the resources of the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Lakewood, CO, especially the Core Research Laboratory. CSM draws on existing expertise in engineering (Mechanical, Civil, Chemical, Petroleum, Geological, and Environmental) and science (Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Science). The research at COSTAR is industry-driven and science-guided with a portfolio of projects including primarily basic research. COSTAR serves as an integrator, enhancing already widespread interdisciplinary collaboration at CSM.