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Published: Thursday, April 17 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Moab has become a destination for tourism. Utah should embrace the tourist dollar, as it keeps on giving, unlike another hole in the ground, or supersite cleanup.

The Moab Project ships one trainload of tailings each day Monday through Thursday. The trains have up to 36 railcars, each holding four lidded containers, for a total of about 5,000 tons of tailings per shipment. Tailing shipments began in April, 2009, and are expected to continue through about 2025, depending on annually appropriated funds.

Sensible Scientist
Rexburg, ID

For decades, oil and gas wells have been developed in cities, neighborhoods, parks, orchards, vineyards, farms, and wildlife refuges in the U.S. If they can safely exist there, certainly they pose no problem to the Moab area. The letter is full of unsubstantiated hype.

2 bit
Cottonwood Heights, UT

If there are 11,000 wells in Uintah county alone (and that's just one county)... and we've had 2 leaks in the whole state in recent years... it doesn't seem like they are super-duper dangerous.

How many accidents have we had in other industries?

We can't end all industry in the United States!


I wonder if there was a way to do it safely, and without ruining the country side... if these people would be happy.

I doubt it... it's environmentalist dogma to oppose all of them regardless at this point.

clearfield, UT

Did you all know that Beverly Hills High School in California has oil wells pumping right there on school property? Could there be a leak someday? Of course. A 747 might crash there too. Life will never give 100% security with any technology. Unless one thinks we don't need the oil energy because Solyndra will provide the solar, we must accept some risk, and inconvience to our recreation, in order to live the first world life we have.

high school fan
Huntington, UT

Unfortunately for Moab, tourism doesn't pay the bills. Fortunately for Moab, having a little industry plus tourism will make things better. The oil wells cannot even be seen, this is just grumbling from a person that doesn't like progress. With today's technology one can have both natural beauty and energy coexist.

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