Debate stirred over 1st major US tar sands mine

 

Beneath the lush, green hills of eastern Utah's Uinta Basin, where elk, bear and bison outnumber people, the soil is saturated with a sticky tar that may soon provide a new domestic source of petroleum for the United States. It would be a first-of-its kind project in the country that some fear could be a slippery slope toward widespread wilderness destruction.

 

With crude prices surging beyond $100 a barrel, and politicians preaching the need to reduce America's reliance on foreign supplies, companies are now looking for more local sources. One Canadian firm says it's found it in the tar sands of Utah's Book Cliffs.

 

Alberta-based Earth Energy Resources Inc. aims to start with a roughly 62-acre mine here to produce bitumen, a tar-like form of petroleum, from oil-soaked sands. For decades, other Utah operators have used oil sands as a poor-man's asphalt, and Canada has been wringing oil from the ground for years, but nobody has yet tried to produce petroleum from U.S. soil on such a scale.

 

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Tags: carbon, dirty energy, oil, pollution, tar sands

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"With crude prices surging beyond $100 a barrel, and politicians preaching the need to reduce America's reliance on foreign supplies, companies are now looking for more local sources."
Even in the face of less access to oil, corporations/politicians continue to sing their old tunes and dance their old dances. How we have been betrayed! We don't need more oil ... we need more conservation, more solar, wind, geothermal, and wave energy, and no nuclear.

If we are going to have a quality of life to pass on to future generations we have to consider that sustainable resources, coupled with a financial system that values more than wealth, and a value system that takes into account the poorest of the poor when making decisions, as well as properly compensating wage laborers to create a healthy, balanced society.

I read an AP article on that too.

We need more public transportation and redesigning of cities so people don't have to drive everywhere.

Suburban sprawl demands cars for everyday living. 

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