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The Eastern Utah County Coalition for the Development of Oil and Gas Infrastructure

December 15, 2014
by John Weisheit

Uintah County used public funds to pave Seep Ridge Road, which provides an advantage to the proposed development of bitumen (tar sands) and hard rock kerogen (oil shale). The highway construction ends at the northern boundary of Grand County. Many dirty energy proponents would like to see this highway connect to Interstate 70 and the adjacent railroad.

The eastern counties of Utah have since formed a coalition to advance transportation infrastructure for the benefit of oil corporations. Grand County has made the decision to not join this coalition.

The other six counties proposed a railroad that would parallel Highway 191 to deliver waxy crudes from Duschene and Uintah counties and using public funds to provide a down payment for a federal constructions loan. 

The project was expensive from the start, but revised and increased cost estimates put the total debt obligation out of reach.

It is not the responsibility of county governments to help corporations over the needs of the citizens that are already impacted negatively by these industries extracting hydrocarbons with low energy return.

 

BREAKING NEWS

BASIC INFORMATION: For railroad study, construction and federal loan

SEVEN COUNTY COALITION MEETINGS

ENGINEERING QUALIFICATION PROPOSALS

COMMUNITY IMPACT BOARD (CIB)

CIB MEETING AUDIO

CITIZEN RESPONSES

DOCUMENTS

NEWS and OpEds

STUDIES


 




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