posted on Apr, 11 2011 @ 08:57 AM
But, as usual, the namby, pamby environmentalists are crying about the caribu and such and want to block the effort to make the US less dependent on
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.
And it could be just the beginning. The company has over 7,800 acres of Utah state land under lease, with plans to acquire more, and estimates its
current holdings contain more than 250 million barrels of recoverable oil.
"This is not just a 62-acre project that will last seven years. We are looking at a 30,000-acre project that will destroy the environment in this
area over many years," said John Weisheit, a Colorado River guide and founder of the Moab, Utah-based environmental group Living Rivers.
The story comes from the AP so its no wonder that its heavily slanted against the oil mining in the reigon. Last I checked, Utah didn't have any
shortage of wilderness in their state and allowing even a few thousand acres of that wilderness to be developed in this way probably wouldn't make
much of a dent in the natural habitat.
If you ask me, the reason we have an energy crisis in this counrty is because of all of the environmentalists blocking every viable source of energy
to be found within the US. They did the same thing by making areas with clean burning coal off limits under the Clinton adminisrtation, now they'll
probably do the same thing with this abundant source of oil.
Something tells me that Canadian firm wasted its money investing in that land. There's no way the enviro-wackos will allow energy production to take
place anywhere inside the US.