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BLM proposes to open lands near Vernal for tar sands development

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  • Jumpyman Salt Lake City, UT
    May 16, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    JWB Just so you know 1 barrel of oil is 42 gallons, not 55 gallons.

    It would be nice if the deseret news would do a report on what the process MCW plans on doing? Surely they have prepared some information on how their in-situ recovery process will work.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    May 15, 2013 2:22 p.m.

    They're welcome here anytime.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    May 15, 2013 2:15 p.m.

    "It doesn't make sense that the federal government would agree to mine land in Utah and process the tar sands for oil when they could take advantage of the oil from Canada with a pipeline that they say it too environmentally unfriendly."

    If you found gold in your backyard, would you mine it, or just buy gold on the open market?

    Canada own their oil and can sell it to whoever they want, even if it came to the Gulf Coast via pipeline. Regardless, it would be purchased at market rate.

    (minor detail. a barrel is 42 gallons)

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 15, 2013 1:43 p.m.

    It doesn't make sense that the federal government would agree to mine land in Utah and process the tar sands for oil when they could take advantage of the oil from Canada with a pipeline that they say it too environmentally unfriendly.

    This will make the environmentalists unhappy, it would seem like but Al Gore has carbon foot prints to sell and make some money. It is also odd, that it is a Canadian company that is coming in to do this and it most likely due to experience in this process. In the 1960s Canada wasn't even close to doing this process but companies in Utah didn't find it efficient at the time. Now, at 32B barrels at 55 gallons a barrel that is a lot of gas in just 8 areas of Utah but that is a lot of land and waste material, also. Land developers in the Legislature and Governor's office will enjoy the possibility to have homes, stores, golf courses and tourism in those areas.