Oil sands mine inching closer to reality in Uintah Basin

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  • T Griswold Honolulu, HI
    Feb. 1, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    Climate Change has only been obfuscated for political and financial reasons, not for scientific reasons. We know for a fact that green house gases have gone up by over 1/3 since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. We can quantify-ably measure our annual output of greenhouse gases. More greenhouse gas means more energy in the atmosphere. More energy means more violent storms systems; and will cause more precipitation as well as faster rates of evaporation and transpiration (i.e. more floods and droughts). Simply put, this means more violent weather patterns that are less conducive to agricultural production, upon which our civilization depends. Has the Earth been hotter in the remote past? Yes. But, there have been times in Earth's history in which the climate was not hospitable to human activity, and would not have largely supported civilization as we know it. I oppose the development of tar sands mining operations in the Uintah Basin. That is where I was born and raised. Its ecosystem is as unique as its natural beauty. How much of our planet will need to be trashed before we abandon our attachments to fossil fuels?

  • pbb Huntsville, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 9:01 a.m.

    Contrary to the statement that this would be the first oil sands operation in the United States, there are seven permitted oil sand operations in Utah, at least six of which have mined to some extent.

  • Capsaicin Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2013 3:32 a.m.

    Meanwhile, 8 years later with an economy in shambles because of massive debt, over-taxation, enormous amounts of regulation, and a population that believes all this OK, we have zero barrels of mined oil. What company, what individual, would want to wade through 8 years of scrutiny? I see all kinds of environmental protectionism. But I don't see anyone coming up with real alternative forms of transportation not dependent on oil, shale, natural gas, and coal.

  • Another Perspective Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 22, 2013 9:34 p.m.

    Re not here

    I imagine the company trying to do this is aware of past failures, but they still think they can succeed where others have failed.

    Presumably they have a different process and have learned something by others experience.

    Jan. 22, 2013 4:18 p.m.


    Got to Parachute CO. and ask them how the oil shale worked for them just be expected to lauged at. And the people of the Basin has tryed this before and the same thing happen. NOTHING .

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    Jan. 22, 2013 11:58 a.m.

    Here is one thing that the liberals are forgetting.

    By permitting this project and other projects similar to it, we can increase the funding to schools through leases of school land trusts and the mineral royalties that will now be collected.

    Why do the liberals hate the children and not want them to have more money for education?

  • Spicy Is Good Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 22, 2013 11:30 a.m.

    It's good news for Utah and Utahn. The oil will server the people. I don't have anything against those environmenist, but please, please base your argument on science and technology facts but not fictions.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 22, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    Just what Utah needs, another dirty, extractive industry. Go to Williston, North Dakota and ask if that is what you want to see here. I think not.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 22, 2013 9:18 a.m.

    If it is done, let's work hard to be sure it is done RIGHT.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 22, 2013 6:38 a.m.

    I'll believe this when I see it.

    I'll believe this when I see it. All my life, from elementary school I've been hearing that Utah, Colorado and Wyoming has more oil than the middle east in oil shale, that this oil is our future.

    After years and years, people began to joke, that Utah's oil shale is in our future and always would be.