Utah Tar Sands Intergenerational Campout – June 20-22

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Join us June 20-22 for an intergenerational campout, bringing together families to project future generations from the Utah tar sands.

This is a unique opportunity to camp out in the scenic Book Cliffs of Eastern Utah with your family and friends and a group of people dedicated to climate justice.

Fun and informative activities will be planned throughout the weekend for adults and children of various ages.

Last year a group of families converged at PR Springs, site of the first proposed tar sands mine in the United States. While there, everyone from a 2-year-old, pre-teens, and Grandparents spent time exploring the land with local organizers, hiking, bird watching, water-testing, and, most importantly, learning about US Oil Sands’ project, and witnessing the devastation already being wrought by their 9-acre test site.

The School & Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), the State of Utah, and US Oil Sands would have us believe that the tar sands & oil shale projects moving forward in Eastern Utah are all for the benefit of the children. For, they would say, isn’t all the money from the Trust Lands being leased for extreme fossil fuel development going towards education? No. SITLA’s annual contribution to education accounts for only about 1 percent of the state’s $3 billion-plus education budget. With every parcel of stolen land leased for development and extraction, and every acre sacrificed, the more the land is devastated, the water put at risk and polluted, and the air filled with dust and toxins, the future of our children, and of future generations, becomes more and more bleak.

The short term gains from destroying the Book Cliffs, and turning Colorado Plateau into a sacrifice zone, is not worth the future of our children. Come see what’s at risk. Come take a stand.

***** SO THAT WE CAN BETTER ORGANIZE FOOD, CARPOOLING & CAMPING SITES, EMAIL US AT tarsandsresist@riseup.net IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON COMING. *****

FOR DIRECTIONS TO THE AREA & TIPS FOR CAMPING, VISIT OUR CONNECT WITH THE LAND PAGE.

Camping for a Cause

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We’re happy as a prairie dog in protected habitat that Salt Lake City Weekly named us Best CAMPING FOR A CAUSE of 2014.

Join us for our next campout, April 11-13 at PR Springs, site of the first proposed tar sands mine in the U.S.

(Join the Facebook event & invite your friends).

“Dirty Herbert” wins Worst Utahn Award

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Congratulations to Dirty Herbert for winning Salt Lake City Weekly’s WORST UTAHN award for 2014!

Herbie, we know how hard you work to make sure Utah is “business friendly,” to ensure that the industry polluters are never held accountable, and to ease the way for extreme extraction projects like tar sands and oil shale in Eastern Utah. That’s why, last year, we gave you the Polluter of the Year Award.

Truly, no one deserves this award more than you.

Estonian journalist speaks at Enefit / Eesti Energia oil shale test mine in Utah

In January 2014, Estonian journalist Andres Raid of Talinna TV travelled to Utah to investigate his nation’s energy company’s Utah project. What he found was barely a sham test pit and nothing more going on, a scandal of great proportions for his Estonian people.

Estonian’s utility prices have soared under Eesti Energia’s current leadership, debt has gone from €300m in 2011 to €600m today, a balance that credit agencies have noticed. Criticizing Enefit/Eesti Energia’s foolish investments overseas and the expansive debt growth, credit agencies have lower Enefit’s credit rating.

Moreever, Enefit’s test plant in Estonia of turning oil shale into liquid fuel has been a complete waste of time effort and money. So-called Enefit 280–the technology the company claims it will use in Utah, Jordan and elsewhere–isn’t working. A huge plant in Estonia is built but not operational.

Since Raid’s reporting these last two months, sources inside Enefit have told journalists that the Utah oil shale project is on hold indefinitely. But then a Utahn employed by Enefit as a PR flack says that is untrue.

So what is the truth, Enefit? Why don’t you start giving people some answers about Enefit 280, about your soaring debt, about your complete lack of experience turning oil shale into liquid fuel, about the completely disappointing German test results regarding Utah oil shale. Tell us the truth, Enefit–Utahns and Estonians both deserve to hear it.

(You can watch Andres Raid’s story about Enefit’s Utah oil shale project here).

US’s first tar sands mine facing opposition in Utah (KPFK Earth Watch)

Melanie Martin discusses growing opposition to tar sands mining in eastern Utah, and the disproportionate impact of Salt Lake City’s oil refineries on communities of color and low-income neighborhoods on KPFK’s Sojourner Truth Radio.

Tar Sands Campout – April 11 thru 13

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We’re planning a group campout April 11-13 at PR Springs, near the site of the first tar sands mine in the United States, and you’re all invited.

Though we are waiting on a ruling from the Utah Supreme Court on the status of their permits, US Oil Sands, a Canadian tar sands company, received an $80 million investment late last year and they’re gearing up to spend a lot of that in 2014, building infrastructure necessary for their operation, and beginning to remove so-called “overburden” on their strip mine.

Come visit PR Springs before it’s irreparably impacted by this terrible project.

The state of Utah, and US Oil Sands, would have us believe that this area is ugly, useless to anyone but them, and that the only good it can provide is to be used for extraction. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Come connect with the land.

Check out our Connect with the Land page if you have any questions about the camping conditions, or need directions to PR Springs. Other questions? Email us at utahtarsandsresistance@gmail.com

On Facebook? Join the event and invite your friends.

Stop the Uinta Express Pipeline Project!

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Tesoro wants to build a 135-mile insulated pipeline connecting the Uinta Basin with the Salt Lake City-area refineries. The pipeline would move up to 60,000 barrels of black and yellow waxy crude a day. Because of its high paraffin content, Uinta’s waxy crude must remain warm in transit; black wax crude heated to 95 degrees, and yellow wax to 115 degrees.

If this pipeline is approved, it will be one more piece of infrastructure the state of Utah wishes to push forward in order to create an energy colony in Eastern Utah, and continue turning the area into a sacrifice zone. Utah has nearly completed a two-lane highway to nowhere, seeks to build a nuclear power plant and oil refinery on the Green River, and set up further infrastructure for US Oil Sands, Enefit, Red Leaf, and other fossil fuel extraction companies.

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(Press Release) Utah Supreme Court: Living Rivers v US Oil Sands

Join the Facebook Event & come pack the courtroom!

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Utah Supreme Court: Living Rivers v US Oil Sands
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
John Weisheit
Living Rivers & Colorado Riverkeeper
PO Box 466; Moab, UT 84532
Office: 435-259-1063; Mobile: 435-260-2590
john@livingrivers.org

Supreme Court to hear legal challenge over tar sands strip mine on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014.

Landmark case in Utah’s Supreme Court will determine the state’s obligation to protect groundwater

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Someone is feeling threatened…

Enefit has responded to the bad press they’ve been receiving.

Well, here is our response to Enefit’s response to the people’s response to their destructive Utah oil shale project:

We know what oil shale is, and we know the difference between it and tar sands. We know how you propose to mine it, and the impact it has. We know you would leave mountains of waste behind, after clear cutting huge pieces of land. We know your project will require government subsidies from both the Utah and Estonian people in order to move forward, and that oil shale has never proven economically viable.

And let us be very clear–when we protest you, it is not a misunderstanding. The only misunderstanding is this: You think your project will move forward. But rest assured: we will stop you.

#StopEnefit #NoOilShale

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Tar Sands Tuesday

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Join the Utah Tar Sands Resistance every Tuesday from 3-6PM for an open space meeting to learn about tar sands and oil shale, brainstorm ideas, get involved with the campaign, plan projects, research, make art, and generally have a good time while working to stop the first tar sands mine in the United States.

Tar Sands Tuesday are moving to the Boing! Anarchist Collective House, located at 608 South 500 East.