Bitumen weeping zebra stripes from a rock turned over in a test pit on the nearly 6,000 acres of land that U.S. Oil Sands leases in eastern Utah. On Oct. 24, Utah officials gave the company the greenlight to begin large-scale mining of the site without first obtaining a pollution permit or monitoring groundwater quality. The action sets the stage for a possible court battle over the fragile region.
Photo by David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
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