Over the last 40 years, extensive research has taken place on the extraction of energy from the resources of oil shale, tar sands and coal. This research has been successful in developing processes which can extract energy from these resources, and more recently has generally concentrated on methods to improve present processes and technologies. This statement of work to Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) addresses the need to generate new ideas or novel concepts for the development of oil shale, tar sands and coal (particularly underground coal gasification) resources. Important to this program is the development of novel concepts related to Alaskan resources. The three resource areas to be examined all exist in Alaska, but unique environmental, climatic and physical conditions require new approaches to their development. The ANL Novel Concepts Program is designed to generate new ideas on resource development and processing which will be evaluated for their potential and ultimately emerge as the foundation for new research and development programs for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This statement of work from the Western Research Institute (WRI) is designed to generate new ideas and support for the Novel Concepts Program.