Woodruff Formation

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The Woodruff Formation in Nevada contains petroleum - kerogen-rich, marine deposited shales that have high concentrations of heavy metals such as vanadium, selenium, and zinc. The Woodruff Formation has shales that yield from a few gallons to as much as 15 to 30 gallons of oil per ton, however oil yields are lower on the average. The possibility of metal extraction as a byproduct of oil-shale development may make this formations attractive for development in the future. Woodruff is considered a "promising formation" for future oil development, which may require fracking.[1]



  1. "Oil & Gas Resources" University of Nevada Reno, accessed April 9, 2012.

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