Resume of Ed Cooley

Professional Affiliations
  • Colorado Mountain College Advisory Board Member
  • Past Board of Directors Member and Current Member National Oil Shale Association
  • Past Director Garfield County Fair Board
  • Founding Director and President of Garfield School District RE 2 Education Foundation
  • Past Member Board of Directors of Colorado Water Congress
  • Past Director Grand Valley District 16 School Board, Parachute, Colorado
  • Past President Rotary Club, Rifle, Colorado
  • Past Director Chamber of Commerce, Rifle, Colorado

    Summary of Experience
    Mr. Cooley is a consultant doing engineering design, process development and environmental permitting for oil shale, oil and gas, and sodium minerals industries. Also, he is a Senior Associate with Sage Geotech Inc.


    Chief Operating Officer – Shale Tech International Partners (STIP). Mr. Cooley oversaw operations at the Paraho Research Center near Rifle, Colorado. The Center operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year and employs 4 managers, 19 technicians, 5 engineers and 3 administrative staff. The Research Center conducts studies on oil shale resources and tests the viability of processing oil shales from North American and International oil shale reserves to produce syn-crude for conversion to commercial and military grade fuels. The Research Center consists of Paraho pilot scale retort, raw materials handling and testing systems, oil recovery systems, ash handling and testing system, a laboratory with Fischer Assay Benches and oil testing capabilities, state of the art DCS control and datalogging systems, oil storage and sampling systems.

    Company Projects – 2005 thru 2010: Demonstrated the viability of processing oil shale from the McFarlane, Kerosene Creek and Stuart North reserves held by Queensland Energy Resources in Queensland Australia. Each of the three different shales was tested using the internal combustion, externally heated and combination modes of operation in the Paraho pilot scale retort which required three separate distinctive testing programs. Each individual program was monitored for environmental components of each process stream. Process and engineering data from each program were compiled and analyzed to support economic and mechanical design decisions for the project.
    Upon completion of project demonstrating viability of processing oil shale from Australia in the Paraho retort, Mr. Cooloey managed the engineering design, procurement of equipment and installation of the Technology Demonstration scale Paraho retort and support systems at Queensland Energy Resources’ New Fuels Development Center at Gladstone, Queensland , Australia. During the project, he served both as Shale Tech International’s project manager and as QER’s project engineer for the retort design and construction.

    Company Projects – 2010 thru 2012: Continued operation of the pilot scale retort on Green River oil shales of Colorado and Utah with emphasis on advancing the further development of the ParahoII retorting technology. Updated the Commercial Scale Paraho Retort design package with improvements developed during the 2005 to 2010 operations and converted the original design drawings and new modifications to current AutoCad and 3D Model status.


    Project Manager – American Soda L.L.P (a partnership between Williams Companies and American Alkali). Mr. Cooley was involved in the development of solution mining and processing technology for recovery of nahcolite from the Green River Oil Shale formation for production of sodium bicarbonate and sodium carbonate.

    Technology Demonstration Project 1997 – 1998: Mr. Cooley was responsible for engineering design, construction and operation of a pilot plant to demonstrate commercial viability of American Soda’s solution mining technology.

    Commercial Scale Project 1999 – 2000: Mr. Cooley led the team that completed a Federal Environmental Impact Statement, obtained EPA Class III Injection Well Permits, Colorado State Air Quality & Water Quality Permits and Local Special Use and Construction Permits. He was involved in the engineering design, procurement, construction and startup of two 1.5 million ton per year commercial scale plants; the design and construction of two 12” diameter insulated hot product pipelines, each 44 miles in length for transport of product between the two plants. Work included drilling and placing into operation 32 solution mining wells. This was a $450 million dollar project with up to 1,400 contractors and employees.

    2001 – 2004: Mr. Cooley was the General Services Manager responsible for New Construction, Environmental, Health & Safety, Public Relations, New Business Development and Permitting for American Soda operations.
    Sale of American Soda to Solvay Chemical Co. 2005 – 2006
    Solvay Chemical purchased the American Soda facilities in 2004 and Mr. Cooley agreed to facilitate the transition of operations to another site near Parachute, Colorado and help modify the plant design and operations.


    Vice President of Operations – New Paraho Corporation Mr. Cooley managed the Paraho Research Center near Rifle, CO. During this period, they developed the SOMAT shale oil modified asphalt technology and demonstrated the product in multiple highway test strips located in Texas, California, Michigan, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado.


    Research Manager – Western Research Institute/University of Wyoming
    Mr. Cooley served as Manager of WRI’s research facility at Laramie, Wyoming. They were involved in the Technological Development of a High Frequency Microwave Enhanced Fluidized Bed reactor for sulfur removal from coal, oil shale and tar sands. The also examined the application of microwave heating for in-situ recovery of oil shale, tar sands and gasification of coal.


    Construction Manager – Twombley and Associates
    Mr. Cooley oversaw the construction of 75 MegaWatt Co-Generation Power Plant at Rifle, Colorado.
    Construction Manager – Schmeuser & Associates
    Managed civil and mechanical construction projects at Union Oil of California commercial oil shale plants at Parachute, Colorado.


    Vice President of Operations – Paraho Development Corp.
    Mr. Cooley served as the Manager of the U.S. Bureau of Mines, Anvil Points Oil Shale Mine and Research Center with up to 118 employees

    1973 – 1979 Project: Paraho Demonstration Project which included the construction and operations for demonstration of a Paraho Pilot Plant scale oil shale retort and a Paraho Semi-Works scale oil shale retort application of vertical inserted mechanical roof bolts. In addition to demonstrating the reliable continuous operating capabilities of the Paraho Semi-Works and Pilot Scale retorts, approximately 100,000 barrels of shale oil were produced and refined to produce military specification Jet Fuels, Diesel Fuels, Aviation Grade Gasoline and Heavy Bunker Fuels for testing in U.S. Navy ships and aircraft.

    1979 Project: Conducted a resource evaluation and testing program to determine viability of mining and processing high moisture, clay-based oil shale for an Israeli client. Following a successful testing program and completion of engineering analysis of data, a Commercial Feasibility Study and Cost Estimate for a 10,000 BPD Oil Shale Plant was provided to the client.

    1980 Project: Testing program to determine viability of processing high moisture clay base oil shale for a Moroccan client. Detailed laboratory analysis completed to determine oil and water contents and mineral components of oil shale and multiple tests in the pilot scale retort were ran to demonstrate reliable continuous operation and acceptable product recovery from the resource using the Paraho retorting technology. Following successful testing program and completion of engineering analysis of data a Commercial Feasibility Study and Cost Estimate for a Semi-Works Scale Oil Shale Plant was provided for the client.

    1980 – 1981 Project: The pilot Scale retort was retrofitted to test the viability and economics of pressurized, super heated steam retorting of Green River oil shale using the Paraho technology. The retrofit required design and installation of a one of a kind steam compressor and high pressure inlet and outlet solids sealing systems for a continuous flow vessel and a state of the art data logging and control system for the pilot scale retort. The testing achieved desired information on economics and operability of super heated steam retorting under increased pressure and also provided valuable improvements to the standard atmospheric pressure internal combustion and externally heated mode of operation of the Paraho retorting technology.
    Completed a detailed engineering design and cost estimate for a10,000 barrel/day Commercial Scale Paraho Retort Facility.

    1982 – 1984 Project: At the conclusion of the Paraho Development Corporation Demonstration Program and the discontinuation of the lease on the U.S. Bureau of Mines Anvil Points Oil Shale Research Center, Mr. Cooley was commissioned by Paraho to obtain property, manage the design, permitting and construction of the current Paraho Oil Shale Research Center at Rifle, Colorado.

    The new Paraho Oil Shale Research Center was placed into operation in 1983. The initial project for the new center was a more extensive testing program of oil shale from an Israeli resource oil shale Paraho retorting facility for the Israeli client. At the conclusion of the Israeli project a program of the same magnitude was conducted for an Australian client. Oil shale from the Condor deposit of Queensland Australia was processed in the pilot scale retort in both the internal combustion and externally heated modes of operation. Operations proved successful and process data and heat and material balances were generated from the testing and used to support the detailed engineered design of a commercial scale Paraho retorting facility for the Australian client.


    Engineer Technician – Garrett Research (Occidental Oil Shale, Logan Wash Modified In-Situ Project).
    Mr. Cooley was involved in the underground mine development and construction of research phase modified insitu retorts.


    Operations Supervisor – Colorado School of Mines Research Foundation.
    Responsible for operation of gas combustion oil shale retorts at Anvil Points Oil Shale Research Center.


    Over the past 45 plus years Mr. Cooley has managed multiple process plant and mining operations as well as engineering design, construction, environmental and development projects and has supervised staffs of 25 to 125 operations and technical personnel and construction projects with from 20 up to 1400 construction personnel.
    He has led projects from grass roots research to full commercial design, construction, startup and production and has managed local, state and federal level permitting for projects including Final Environmental Impact Statement for major operations on federal lands and Title V Air Operating Permits with the state of Colorado.
    He has over 35 years of experience in U.S. and International oil shale and 10 years of experience in the sodium minerals industry. He has extensive knowledge on worldwide resources with a particular emphasis on the Green River oil shale’s and sodium minerals of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

    He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Oil Shale Association for several years and is an active member and supporter of the association’s educational and pro-development efforts for the industry.

    Contact Ed Cooley

    Cell: 970-319-5386
    Office: 970-625-0102

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    Meet The Team

    Gary D. Aho

    Gary D. Aho

    President of Sage Geotech Inc., providing consulting services to the mining and oil shale industries. Manages engineering work, geologic studies and feasibility studies. Served as Chairman and Executive Director of the National Oil Shale Association.

    Howard W. Earnest

    Howard W. Earnest
    Senior Associate

    Self-employed mining engineer providing engineering and management services in the following areas: mine planning; site closure; reclamation; exploration drilling programs; and operations oversight for oil shale and mineral extraction projects.

    Roger Day

    Roger Day
    Senior Associate

    An expert in project development and permitting, steerable drilling and well completion technology, pilot and commercial plant operation as well as other areas.

    Bobby P. Faulkner

    Bobby P. Faulkner
    Senior Associate

    Retired, providing consulting services to companies in U. S. and overseas related to mineral processing, pyro-metallurgical processes and development.

    Glen Sykes

    Glen Sykes
    Senior Associate

    President of SMEC, Inc. Specializes in underground mine design, construction and operations.

    Ed Cooley

    Ed Cooley
    Senior Associate

    Engineering Design, Process Development and Environmental Permitting Consultant to oil shale, oil and gas and sodium minerals industries.

    Glenn Vawter

    Glenn Vawter
    Senior Associate

    President of ATP Services, LLC, providing consulting services to government contractors, energy companies, and oil shale developers.