Protest over Tar Sands Plan

July 6, 2015

Tar Sands Arrrests(Moab-Salt Lake City Utah)- The debate over an oil sands mining operations’ impact to nearby springsopn the Grant-Uintah County Line in eastern Utah continues to rage, a more than eight-years-long controversy that once again stoked protests and a hearing on Tuesday. At one point, the discussion over the proposed expansion of the PR Spring Project inspired heated remarks from a University of Utah geologist who conducted a hydrologic study in the area that he said shows water resources are vulnerable. Both the state of Utah and US Tar Sands say the ground water will be safe.  Because Canada-based U.S. Oil Sands is seeking to expand the footprint of its mining operation, the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining held a hearing on its plans to grant tentative approval to the proposal. John Baza, division director, said the proposed mining changes drew a number of protests from groups opposed to oil sands mining in Utah, including Living Rivers, the Sierra Club, Western Resource Advocates and Peaceful Uprising, a group co-founded by environmental activist Timothy DeChristopher. One protester complained: “Grand County is still cleaning up the mess from the uranium mines of the 1950s,” that was  Castle Valley Council member Tory Hill. who added,  “It is a toxic legacy that is still going on. Don’t let this be another toxic legacy.”

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