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Utah Tar Sands

Sticky bitumen oozes from a rock in a tar sands test pit on the nearly 6,000 acr
Decision by officials sets the stage for a possible court battle over the nation's first tar sands mine in Utah's fragile Book Cliffs region.
Utah officials have given a Canadian company the green light to begin mining oil sands on a remote...
Oct 25, 2012 | Read More
Water from a spigot at the PR Spring mine site
Important case concerns mining permit for 6,000 acres of state-owned land in Utah, which has 232,065 acres of land open for oil sands mining.
The debate over whether oil sands mining should be allowed in Utah inched forward this week when an...
Sep 13, 2012 | Read More
John Weisheit, Conservation Director of Living Rivers
Two environmental organizations say they will continue fighting first large project in the U.S.
(This story has been updated to add comments by Walt Baker, director of the Utah Division of...
Aug 29, 2012 | Read More
U.S. Oil Sands, a Canadian company, has leased about 32,000 acres in Utah for ta
A Canadian company opens a test pit in Utah and could be running a sizeable mine by early 2014. But is there enough water to support the industry?
MOAB, UTAH—To the ancient Indians who roamed the Colorado Plateau in what is now eastern Utah, the...
Aug 16, 2012 | Read More
Developer claims project will produce no toxic waste but water worries persist for project one permit away from breaking ground
A plan to strip-mine oil sands crude on U.S. land for the first time in northeastern Utah is facing...
Sep 24, 2010 | Read More