Could Utah play host to country's largest oil shale operation?

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  • milquetoasty Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2018 10:54 a.m.

    @Flipphone

    You said: "Great news for Vernal the sounding area and Utah as a hole."

    Whether or not you mean to type "hole" instead of "whole," I got a good chuckle out of it.

  • Freiheit Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2018 10:46 a.m.

    Flipphone - Sandy, UT
    May 18, 2018 8:47 a.m.
    Great news for Vernal the sounding area and Utah as a hole.

    Inadvertent perhaps, but devastatingly accurate.

  • liberal larry Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2018 9:16 a.m.

    Oil shale is a very low density energy source, and consequently it is expensive to mine, and the refining process is carbon intensive, and produces high amounts of toxic byproducts.

    Given Utah's Laissez-faire regulatory attitude, Utah's tax payers stand a good chance of footing the bill for an Estonian mining venture clean up!

    It's time for Utah to look to the future of energy, not low productivity sources like oil shale!

  • Johnny Triumph Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2018 8:59 a.m.

    Take a drive through West Virginia and see what strip mining can do for a place.

    This is something that has been nearly happening for decades. Eventually it'll happen. Our society proclaims environmental friendliness yet we refuse to change our habits to make it happen.

  • Flipphone Sandy, UT
    May 18, 2018 8:47 a.m.

    Great news for Vernal the sounding area and Utah as a hole.

  • milquetoasty Salt Lake City, UT
    May 18, 2018 7:22 a.m.

    @ER in AF

    You said: "Let's think long and hard."

    What we "think" couldn't possibly be more meaningless to those who will make this decision for us.

    We're nothing more than a quaint afterthought.

  • ER in AF Layton, UT
    May 17, 2018 11:04 p.m.

    How's this working out for OK andNorth Dakota? Do we want to kill our land? I hope not. These are not just our decisions, but our children's and our children's children. Let's think long and hard.

  • ER in AF Layton, UT
    May 17, 2018 11:04 p.m.

    How's this working out for OK andNorth Dakota? Do we want to kill our land? I hope not. These are not just our decisions, but our children's and our children's children. Let's think long and hard.

  • mightymite , 00
    May 17, 2018 5:48 p.m.

    At what cost.... no afterthoughts will go into this for how this will affect the environment in 50 years let alone five. So much winning with our leadership...

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    May 17, 2018 5:32 p.m.

    How much water does it take to produce this oil? We don't have enough water for people and animals.

  • Elsleuith Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 17, 2018 5:13 p.m.

    Horrible idea. Long term ecological damage for short term profits. When you drive through the Green River area you are astounded by the beauty of the cliffs and desert.

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2018 4:18 p.m.

    I hope so! That is a great idea and will boost the economy. We need a new coal mine in the bear ears and another one in the san rafael swell areas.

  • Thomas Jefferson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 17, 2018 3:38 p.m.

    A horrible idea which might pay off for a couple of well connected people (most likely from out of state) while saddling the rest of us with a huge mess for generations for what is an uneconomical way to get a product we should be moving away from.

    I am sure the churchislature is all aboard.

  • Thomas Jefferson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 17, 2018 3:36 p.m.

    "Irony Guy - Bountiful, Utah
    May 17, 2018 2:50 p.m.
    "Utah--Home of the World's Largest Shale Oil Mine!"

    That sounds so cool. I can't wait."

    Username checks out.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    May 17, 2018 3:31 p.m.

    It could be, if the bought and paid for representatives in Utah can get their way.

    Oh, and if Trump/GOP can keep oil prices going up to the point that it's profitable, and if they can find enough water, and energy to get the oil out.

    Yep, this will leave a fine mess, maybe a super site clean up, so other can pay for private companies short term profits.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    May 17, 2018 2:57 p.m.

    Do your homework on Enefit, EESTI and Estonia. They are responsible for 80% of Estonia's pollution and are only profitable because they are subsidized by the State. This is a scam. A scam that will leave Utah lands toxic for centuries. Plus, fracking (that's right, it's fracking) uses up tons of water and contaminates ground water. You've all seen the tap water on fire in Oklahoma, Wyoming and Pennsylvania. Most states are finding ways to ban this process. And our Governor and his office of GOED, wants to bring this scourge to Utah? We need people that will stand up to these polluters. This will not end well.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    May 17, 2018 2:50 p.m.

    "Utah--Home of the World's Largest Shale Oil Mine!"

    That sounds so cool. I can't wait.