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The Administrative Record Regarding the Proposed Mining of Tar Sands in Eastern Utah

June 02, 2013
by John Weisheit

Headwaters of Main Canyon in the PR Spring Area
Headwaters of Main Canyon in the PR Spring Area

Oil shale and tar sands remains a speculative industry in the arid lands of the Colorado Plateau. A general lack of water is why the industry will never be viable. Even if alternative chemical washes are used to separate bitumen from sand, for example, it still requires 1.5 to 2 barrels of water to refine a single barrel of synthetic crude. What this extraction will accomplish is physical damage to the Colorado River watershed, which supplies culinary water to nearly 30 million people. It will also create more CO2 in the atmosphere, which is the #1 killer of the Rocky Mountain snowpack, which provides 85% of the Colorado River's total annual water supply. Our watershed needs investors to create a reliable energy supply that will heal the water supply of the Colorado River, not destroy it.

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Read this article about strip mining tar sands in Grand County

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Article with talking points

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INVENTORY OF TAR SAND DEPOSITS IN UTAH

State Land (SITLA)

Federal Lands (BLM)

  • NOTE: there are no tar sands in Colorado or Wyoming.
  • 2008 - Total identified is 430,686 acres
  • 2012 - The proposed preferred alternative identifies 91,045 acres
  • RECORD OF DECISION (Issued March 22, 2013)

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NEW

AMERICAN SANDS ENERGY (West Tavaputs Plateau near Mt. Bruin)

2014 - Notice of Intent to Commence Large Mining Operations

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ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD OF UTAH DIVISION OF OIL, GAS & MINING (UDOGM)

ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD OF PROPOSED STRIP MINING @ PR SPRINGS

US Oil Sands (Utah) Inc., (formally Earth Energy Resources)

ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD OF UTAH DIVISION OF WATER RIGHTS @ PR SPRINGS (State Engineer)

Water Right for US Oil Sands 49-2274 (a33805)

Other water rights (adjacent to proposed mine @ 4.5 gallons per minute)

Additional water well information (state and federal)

ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD UTAH DIVISION OF WATER QUALITY (DWQ) for PR SPRINGS

TRANSCRIPTS OF HEARINGS FOR PR SPRINGS STRIP MINING OPERATION

ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADMINISTRATION (EPA)

Air Quality at Proposed PR Springs Mine

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ASPHALT RIDGE MINING OPERATIONS (near Vernal, Utah)

Crown Asphalt Ridge (CAR) Korea Technology Industry of America (Defunct)

 

MCW Energy Group @ Asphalt Ridge

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BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

 

Paving Seep Ridge Road in Uintah County

2008 Oil Shale & Tar Sands Programmatic EIS

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CORPORATE WEBSITES

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DOCUMENTS

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ECONOMIC VIABILITY

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ENDANGERED AND THREATENED SPECIES

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GEOLOGY

Oil Shale and Tar Sands web page. Utah Geologic Survey.
Tar Sands Bibliography (2009). UGS.
USGS publications library

Geologic Bibliography

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LEGAL DOCUMENTS

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MAPS & GIS

Google Earth

PR Springs

Green River Refinery (proposed) (click here)

SITLA

University of Utah

Other

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NEWS

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NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

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PHOTOS

Aerial Photos

Satellite Images

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TRADE ASSOCIATIONS

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UNIVERSITY

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USGS

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UTAH GOVERNMENT

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VIDEO

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WILDLIFE
Southest Utah (includes East Tavaputs Plateau)

 


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