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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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.
I think we do need to be self-dependent, BUT I want us tohave a protectionist attitude on this and not export the oil (most republicans disagree with me). I also think the groups like the Sierra Club could oversee the project and that a certain percentage of the profits or budget should go to maintaining and restoring the area. Wildlife can return and it has been proven over and over again, when we are careful and diligent.
Also, we Americans need to stop buying JUNK, especially from China. China uses the most and HOARDS oil. We buy their crappy produsts that pollute (plastics) and also last a very short time. All of us are guilty of this, even democrats. I think removing ALL taxes on re-usables, used products could help save the environment and the US economy and both parties would be pleased. Imagine all of the tiny used/thrift stores that would pop up! People would be self-employed and the money would stay here and less in landfills and less money to big-box stores!