A Canadian Company Will Soon Start Extracting Utah’s Tar Sands

Tar sands protesters

Utah will soon be producing the dirtiest oil on Earth.

via DeSmogBlog:

Think only Canadians need to worry about tar sands extraction? Think again.

In October, U.S. Oil Sands, Inc. joined Kentucky-based Arrakis Oil Recovery as the second company to receive a permit to produce U.S. tar sands. The Utah Water Quality Board gave U.S. Oil Sands a permit to extract 2,000 barrels of oil per day from Utah’s tar sands reserves.

Despite its name, U.S. Oil Sands is actually a Canadian outfit based in Calgary, Alberta. The company currently holds leases on just over 32,000 acres in Utah’s Uintah Basin. U.S. Oil Sands’ mining will take place at PR Spring on the …Bookcliffs, which straddles the Utah/Colorado border.

…A letter written by the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining said, “It is expected that the mine will use 116 gallons of water per minute on a 24-hour basis, which equates to approximately 180 acre-feet per year” and that a production rate of 2,000 barrels of crude a day will consume approximately 4,000 barrels of water per day.

Peaceful Uprising is considering organizing a “spring break” grassroots protest of the Utah tar sands project this year.

More info:
Water Quality Board Upholds PR Spring Tar Sands Permit

  1. #1 by brewski on February 17, 2014 - 6:23 pm

    Why does it matter if the company is Canadian?

    • #2 by Richard Warnick on February 17, 2014 - 7:59 pm

      Read the post, please. They gave themselves a phony name, “U.S. Oil Sands.” They are not from the USA, and there is no such thing as “oil sands.”

      • #3 by brewski on February 17, 2014 - 8:22 pm

        I read it. Still irrelevant whether or not they are Canadian and what their name is. Try to say something important.

        • #4 by Richard Warnick on February 18, 2014 - 8:10 am

          What’s important is that the State of Utah has opened the door to environmental degradation on the scale already taking place in Alberta, Canada.

          • #5 by brewski on February 18, 2014 - 9:13 am

            Interesting that the picture you posted is a couple hundred miles from where the site is.

          • #6 by Richard Warnick on February 18, 2014 - 9:36 am

            How about this?

            Source: Peaceful Uprising

            BTW the distance from PR Spring to Delicate Arch is just under 51 miles.

          • #7 by Richard Warnick on February 18, 2014 - 10:00 am

            And here’s a map:

          • #8 by Richard Warnick on February 18, 2014 - 12:04 pm

            Just admit you were wrong, and we can move on.

          • #9 by brewski on February 18, 2014 - 7:46 pm

            I’ve never said anything wrong. Zero.

      • #10 by Richard Warnick on February 17, 2014 - 8:25 pm

        I thought you were against lying.

        • #11 by brewski on February 17, 2014 - 8:40 pm

          I am. Who lied?

        • #12 by Richard Warnick on February 18, 2014 - 10:11 am

          The Canadian tar sands company.

          • #13 by brewski on February 18, 2014 - 11:02 am

            What was their lie?

          • #14 by Richard Warnick on February 18, 2014 - 12:00 pm

            We already covered this. Their phony name is the lie. They are not a U.S. company, and there is no such thing as “oil sands.”

          • #15 by brewski on February 18, 2014 - 7:47 pm

            Nothing phony about it. The Oil Sands are in the US. Period.

          • #16 by Richard Warnick on February 19, 2014 - 7:59 am

            There is no such thing as “oil sands.” That’s a propaganda term invented by industry. Fake patriotism is a lie too.

  2. #17 by Larry Bergan on February 17, 2014 - 7:09 pm

    Trading water for oil doesn’t seem like a good strategy right now.

    The Corvette’s falling into a sink hole might have been a wake-up call, but wake-up calls don’t seem to be Americas forte.

  3. #18 by Larry Bergan on February 17, 2014 - 7:16 pm

    Using my drinking water to spy on me makes me livid!

  4. #19 by brewski on February 17, 2014 - 10:55 pm

    I went to a restaurant called India House. It wasn’t actually in India. Did they lie?

    • #20 by Richard Warnick on February 18, 2014 - 10:12 am

      I don’t know. Maybe the proprietor is actually from India?

      • #21 by brewski on February 18, 2014 - 11:01 am

        These tar sands are actually from the US. So where is the lie?

      • #22 by Richard Warnick on February 18, 2014 - 12:03 pm

        You’re funny when you try to be logical. The restaurant is not trying to fool anybody, but the Canadian tar sands outfit is.

        • #23 by brewski on February 18, 2014 - 7:49 pm

          The Oil Sands are in the US.

          If the company is trying to “fool” anybody, then why do they publish their Canadian address? Would be easy enough to get an address in Vernal if they were really trying to fool someone.

          Just admit you are wrong, as always, and we can move on.

        • #24 by Richard Warnick on February 19, 2014 - 8:00 am

          They’re waving our own flag at us to blind people from what’s really going on.

          • #25 by brewski on February 19, 2014 - 10:27 am

            You can be against oil sands all you like. But criticizing them for being Canadian and criticizing their name just makes you look silly, as always.

          • #26 by Richard Warnick on February 19, 2014 - 12:03 pm

            You wanted to know what does it matter if the company is Canadian. I told you. But of course if a US or Utah company wanted to ruin our land I would also object.

          • #27 by brewski on February 19, 2014 - 12:50 pm

            No you didn’t.

            And you just contradicted yourself, again.

          • #28 by Richard Warnick on February 19, 2014 - 6:35 pm

            If someone is really that unable to see deception for what it is, it may explain why they believe everything on Faux News Channel.

          • #29 by brewski on February 20, 2014 - 10:04 am

            There you go again, mentioning FNC when it has nothing to do with the topic at hand and when I don’t use them as a source for anything. Following the brew ski rule, whenever you mention FNC for no apparent reason, I automatically win. Thanks!

            Are Chevy Tahoes made in Tahoe?

            Is BMW USA an American company?

            Is India House restaurant in India?

            Is an Apple computer really an apple?

          • #30 by Richard Warnick on February 20, 2014 - 12:59 pm

            There you go again, quoting Ronald Reagan. ;-)

  5. #31 by brewski on February 20, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    The name “U.S. Oil Sands” seems entirely accurate. The oil is in the US, the sand is in the US. Their address easy for all to find as you showed. So where is the deceit?

    • #32 by Richard Warnick on February 20, 2014 - 7:56 pm

      It’s a plan to take A LOT of our water (which we need to conserve here in Utah) to produce dirty fuel that will be exported, most likely increasing the cost of gasoline here, That’s a load of crap wrapped in an American flag.

      • #33 by brewski on February 20, 2014 - 10:48 pm

        None of that is nearly as important as the name of the company and where their office is. We need to focus on the really important stuff.

      • #34 by Richard Warnick on February 21, 2014 - 7:54 am

        You are the one who’s focused on that. See comment #1 above.

        • #35 by brewski on February 21, 2014 - 8:59 am

          No, see your top post.

  6. #36 by Larry Bergan on February 22, 2014 - 1:22 am

    Richard:

    Thanks for providing the context of the overblown “there you go again”: quote from Reagan. I didn’t realize the corporate media existed that long ago.

    How could they do that do Jimmy Carter with a conscience.

    Taken in context, it was as ridiculous as anything the – money grubbing – “people” brought against Carter, who I believe, may have been the most honest and honorable president in history.

    It’s a well-paying job to demean him, I guess. :( Still is.

  7. #37 by cav on February 23, 2014 - 8:01 pm

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/22/exxonmobil-ceo-sues-to-block-fracking-project-near-his-home/

    The hypocrisy, it burns! One of the reasons we need a Constitutional amendment making communities as important to corporations as shareholders. And then a few follow up laws that require top corporate officers and Directors to live in, in the same conditions as the rest of the community, in any area where they must clean up past actions and where they wish to do any controversial thing. Think fracking or the pipeline would exist for a minute if the Board of Directors had to live next to a well or the pipeline AND drink tap water?

    Still, we must be very careful not to hurt their fee fee’s or we’ll be exactly like Nazi storm troopers.

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