Genie Energy’s oil shale project rejected by Israel

Unconventional energy player Genie Energy on Wednesday said that it is looking at other options after its oil shale pilot drilling project in Israel’s Shfela region was voted against by Jerusalem District Committee for Planning and Building.

The company said that on September 2 the Committee voted to decline to issue its subsidiary, Israel Energy Initiatives (IEI), a permit to build and operate an oil shale pilot drilling project.

IEI, a majority owned subsidiary of Genie Energy, holds an exclusive Shale Oil Exploration and Production License awarded in 2008 by the Israeli Ministry of National Infrastructures.

The company said in a statement that it is disappointed by the Committee’s decision and is currently evaluating options to determine the best course of action to move forward to exploit the valuable resource covered by IEI’s exploration license.

Genie Energy Ltd is comprised of IDT Energy and Genie Oil and Gas (GOGAS). IDT Energy is a leading independent retail energy provider supplying electricity and natural gas to residential and small business customers in the Northeastern United States.

GOGAS is a resource and technology development company focused on producing clean and affordable transportation fuels from the world’s abundant kerogen-based oil shales and other oil and gas resources. GOGAS is currently developing oil shale projects in Colorado, Israel and Mongolia, and an oil and gas exploration project in Israel.

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