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Union Oil of California operates this retort at the Parachute Creek Oil shale project near Rifle. Union Oil is the largest employer in Garfield County. Jan. 2, 1986 Unocal Corp. operates this retort at the Parachute Creek oil shale project near Rifle. The company is attempting to cut its $4 million property tax bill in half. July 10, 1986 The closing of Unocal's shale-oil project would be a blow to the Western Slope economy, which has been hit by layoffs in the mining sector. Aug. 19, 1988 A study indicates that the shutdown of Unocal Corp.'s oil shale plant near Parachute Creek would cost 1,568 jobs. Dec. 25, 1988

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