Frequently Asked Questions

418. How does OFAC interpret the term "shale projects" with respect to the prohibitions in Directive 4, now incorporated into § 589.205 of the Ukraine-/Russia-Related Sanctions Regulations (URSR)?

Answer

The term "shale projects," as defined in § 589.334 of the URSR, includes projects that have the potential to produce oil from resources located in shale formations as well as projects that have the potential to produce oil from resources located in fine-grained sedimentary rock formations including shale, limestone, dolomites, sandstones, and clay. 

Date Updated: April 29, 2022

Date Released
October 31, 2017