Oil sands mine inching closer to reality in Uintah Basin

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  • Bill Vernal, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 3:02 p.m.

    What is 190 million barrels of gunk worth? A single U.S. daily automobile commute? What is a clean, natural, prime hunting and recreational area worth? Is it worth dusty, noisy dirt roads? Spills, litter, lights with trucks and equipment rumbling 24/7 for years? And those piles of tailings, are they going to rest there peacefully for a thousand years? Why do we go to such trouble for something this worthless?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 8:09 p.m.

    Let's try it. But make sure it is done PROPERLY and SAFELY and without bankrupting an already very tight water budget in the area.

  • statman Lehi, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 6:59 p.m.

    One thing I don't understand - why are environmental groups ALLOWED to tie things like this up in the courts? Do they own land that is potentially having it's water polluted? Doubtful since the land is in the middle of Federal land. So why do they have standing to sue?

    When individuals who were clearly going to be hurt by Obamacare (by paying more in taxes, at the very least) tried to sue, the courts told them they had no standing to sue. Why don't courts tell environmental busy-bodies the same...