SITLA’s Dirty Energy Hurts Schoolkids

UTSR gains first free expression permit of 2018.

As our first action of the new year we will attend SITLA’s monthly meeting at 9 am thursday january 4  and then we will have our free expression event with banners and protest tents at the SITLA retreat located at the Falls event center at 600 east and 600 south from 12-3:30. We will be setting up at 11 am.

Salt lake City provides this document with interesting information about free speech.

https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive

Free Expression Definitions – SLC Free Expression Activity Permit Application
QUICK REFERENCE: First Amendment
Public Safety
Expressive Conduct
Fighting Words
Interference
Risk of Violence
1. The First Amendment’s guarantee of the right of free expression is a fundamental element of
our democratic system of government. However, that right of free expression is not absolute.
Some kinds of speech, such as obscenity, defamation, and fighting words, are not protected by
the First Amendment. In addition, to further significant governmental interests, the
government may regulate the time, place, and manner of the exercise of protected speech
rights.
An example of a “time” regulation is an ordinance banning loud noises in residential areas
during the night. An example of a “place” regulation is a requirement that parades not be held
on certain busy streets. An example of a “manner” regulation is a restriction on the size of
signs carried by picketers.
The government cannot impose speech restrictions simply because it disagrees with the
message of the speaker. In other words, government regulation of speech must be “contentneutral.”
Furthermore, a time, place, or manner regulation must advance a significant
governmental interest, not restrict more speech than necessary to further that interest, and
leave speakers with an ample alternative means to express them.
2. The City has a significant and compelling interest in maintaining the safety of people on
streets and sidewalks. That interest sometimes justifies restrictions on speech rights.
For example, the City can pass laws making it illegal to stand in the middle of the street, or to
block pedestrians on sidewalks. Those laws are valid, even when enforced against a person
who wants to speak in that street or on that sidewalk. The City may also establish temporary
regulations for a specific event to address the particular public safety concerns related to that
event.
For example, a particular event may generate much heavier pedestrian traffic than normal.
Furthermore, the police have a duty to protect people exercising their free speech rights from
violence aimed at them by a hostile audience.
3. Protected expression is not limited to the spoken or written word. People may communicate a
message through expressive conduct, such as wearing an armband, or burning the United
States flag, a draft card, or an effigy.
A person’s conduct is expressive if he or she intends to convey a particularized message, and
if it is very likely that people viewing the conduct will understand the message. Any
government attempt to restrict such expressive conduct must be unrelated to the suppression
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of free speech. For example, the government could validly pass a law making it illegal to burn
anything (including the American flag) in a particular place due to the fire hazard. Such a law
is not aimed at speech, but rather at public safety. On the other hand, the government cannot
validly ban the burning of the flag simply because it believes that burning the flag is
unpatriotic.
Based on those principles, courts have held that many instances of expressive conduct were
protected, even though the conduct ridiculed government or religious leaders, religious
beliefs, or otherwise seriously offended many people.
4. As noted above, “fighting words” are not protected by the First Amendment, so the
government can treat them as disorderly conduct or a breach of the peace. Fighting words are
defined as personal insults: (1) directed at a particular person or small group of people, (2)
inherently likely to create a violent reaction, and (3) that play no role in the expression of
ideas.
It is not enough that the words are very insulting or highly offensive or arouse some people to
anger. Also, words are not fighting words if they are spoken to a crowd. Listeners are
expected to turn their heads and ignore such speech.
Whether particular speech constitutes fighting words depends on the circumstances of the
situation. However, even when speech is extremely annoying or offensive to listeners, courts
have been very tolerant and protective of such speech. In one case, a door-to-door missionary
played for two men a recording that attacked the men’s religion. The men became incensed
and were tempted to strike the missionary. The United States Supreme Court held that the
missionary’s speech (the recording) was not fighting words.
Expressive conduct is also subject to the fighting words analysis. As with traditional speech,
however, courts are very protective of such symbolic speech. For example, the United States
Supreme Court held that a law was unconstitutional that made it illegal to “desecrate a
venerated object” such as a flag, if the desecrator knew it would seriously offend observers.
The court overturned the conviction of a man who burned an American flag in protest.
Similarly, courts have held that the display, ridicule, and even burning of effigies of public
figures do not amount to fighting words.
However, there are limits. In a recent case a group of protesters formed a semicircle around a
woman and for six minutes shouted at her that she was “a whore, harlot, and Jezebel.” A court
held that those were fighting words under the circumstances. Notably, the words were
directed specifically at the woman.
5. Speakers in a speech event have a constitutional right not to have their message interfered
with by other speakers. A physical intrusion is such an unconstitutional interference. For
example, the sponsor of a private parade cannot be forced to allow in the parade a float that
communicates a message with which the sponsors disagree. Also, if a group reserved public
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space for a silent candlelight vigil, it would be improper for the government to grant a rock
band a permit to hold a concert right next to the vigil.
Such interference could also include stalking a speaker in an intimidating way or trying to
block his sign with an even larger sign. Depending on the location and the circumstances,
heckling or shouting down of a speaker may constitute an infringement on that speaker’s free
speech rights.
The government is justified in restricting speech aimed at unwilling listeners if the listeners
are a “captive audience,” meaning they cannot conveniently avoid the speech by turning their
heads or walking away. Under this principle, courts have upheld laws requiring protesters to
keep their volume down near hospitals, courthouses, and private residences, in order not to
disturb people in those private places. Courts have also upheld bans on demonstrators entering
into churches without consent, but courts generally have not upheld efforts to prohibit
protesters from demonstrating on the sidewalk in front of places of worship (except to the
extent protesters block access to the church or their noise penetrates into the church).
6. The United States Supreme Court has said of the risk of violence: “A function of free speech
. . . is to invite dispute. It may indeed best serve its high purpose when it induces a condition
of unrest, creates dissatisfaction with the conditions as they are, or even stirs people to anger.
Speech is often provocative and challenging.”
It is true that listeners sometimes dislike the message of a speaker, lose their temper, and
become violent. However, in such situations the speakers retain their constitutional right to
speak (short of “fighting words”), and it is the duty of the police to protect the speakers and
deal with the violent listeners. Courts reject a “heckler’s veto” that would silence a speaker
because of a hostile audience reaction.
On rare occasions, the government may have such an expectation of violence that it will
impose additional restrictions on how or where speech can occur. For example, if two groups
with strongly opposing viewpoints that have a history of violence intend to hold rallies next to
each other, the police may require them to remain a safe distance apart to reduce the risk of
violence.
Similarly, if members of a group have a history of blocking access and/or engaging in
physical violence while exercising their free speech rights, restrictions such as “buffer zones”
may be appropriate.

 

Resisters and High School students attend SITLA board meeting

A group of concerned persons attended the monthly SITLA board meeting to speak during the public comment period. Here are some videos of folks speaking at the  meeting in November.

 

Four high school students came to speak and ask questions of the Board of Trustees at the monthly meeting of the Schools and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) in Salt Lake City.

Students address SITLA board of trustees

Here is a clip of some High School students in Salt Lake city who took the time to attend this public meeting and ask some questions of the SITLA board of trustees. These students are beneficiaries of the trust. Listen to the board responses.

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The students asked the board about climate change and the effects for future generations.

Another student asked about SITLA”s role in causing air pollution.

The board was aloof and somewhat condescending to the well informed students who are the beneficiaries of the school lands trust.

The students were from West High School, Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts, Highland High School and The Academy for Math Engineering and Science.

Utah Tar Sands Resistance had 2 speakers and other people of all ages spoke.

SITLA is entrusted with leasing and developing state trust lands for the benefit of primarily the K-12 public education system in Utah. SITLA is constitutionally mandated to generate revenue from trust lands to build and grow permanent endowments for the beneficiaries.

The seven member un-elected board with no direct public accountability and ties to either fossil fuel interests or real estate development are responsible for the management of leases to these trust lands.

The public has many concerns about SITLA. These include individual trustees conflict of interest which can (or has) led to decisions which may benefit board members or their colleagues. Secondly, SITLA’s policy promoting oil shale and tar sand strip-mining has failed. While millions of dollars have been spent, not one barrel of oil has been realized and pristine lands, most of which are within the Uncompahgre reservation boundaries, have been devastated.  Recent failed or failing projects include: US Oil Sands, Red Leaf Resources , Enefit Energy, and MCW Energy (now called Petroteq). Everyone of these projects is unprofitable, un-reclaimed, harmed land, bankruptcies, busted communities have been the legacy so far.

Lonnie Bullard insults his critics and the beneficiaries. Gee …

Later in the meeting after the public comment period ends and the students leave, to return to class I presume, Board member Lonnie Bullard the SITLA board vice chair takes the floor to insult the students and the rest of us who remained.

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Mr. Lonnie Bullard a member of the SITLA board of trustees takes time during the monthly meeting to insult the students, who are the beneficiaries of the trust, and the other folks who spoke.  Some of the students who spoke were not even offered chairs in the mostly full room. They were attending the meeting at 9 am likely missing some school classes, to speak during the 10 min public comment period which occurs at the beginning of the 2-3 hour meeting. Mr Bullard insulted the students for leaving before the meeting ended. I pointed out that the students likely had to return to high school. He also criticizes “people who choose to spend the time in tents and on lines” for wanting a magic wand. UTSR did in fact participate in the governors clean energy alliance by suggesting that Utah take tar sands and oil shale development OFF the governors energy plan. Needless to say this proposal was not accepted.

Bicycles Not Tar Sands!

Coming up Sept 2-4 free event.
Join UTSR for an exciting adventure  on the “Road to Nowhere” in the beautiful book cliffs. Bicycles are not required and folks can travel along and meet up or mix and match portions of driving and riding.

For a total ride of approx 40 miles over 2 days we will travel on a smooth highway. Seep Ridge Road, with a small amount of gravel road travel at each evenings camp site. The entire ride will be highly scenic and nature filled save the mine sites.

Seep Ridge road was built at great tax payer expense after years of lobbying from tar sands and oil shale development companies. The 45 mile road cost a total of $86.5 million.  The road is of very high load standards and is actually a higher quality road than Utah hwy 40 however there is very little traffic or use of the road. It provides a very smooth traveling road for bicycles through an amazing scenic plateau known as the Eastern Tavaputs, the Bicycles Not Tar Sands bike ride is on the Tavaputs Plateau within Ute nation’s Uncompahgre reservation boundaries . Many of Utah’s politicians, SITLA, Uintah county leaders and the federal department of Energy have labeled this area an “energy sacrifice zone” and  repeatedly attempt to take this land from the Utes. We will end our 2nd day of the ride at Willow Creek overlook where we will camp overnight. Bring your bike this labor day weekend and join our bike ride.

For more information go here:

http://www.tarsandsresist.org/upcoming-events/

 

US Oil Sands PR Springs project sits idle.

Daily observation shows  a lot of nothing really happening at the PR Springs tar processing factory and the million dollar machines that are yet to actually work. The 99 acres including the beloved Children’s Legacy camp site are cleared of visible life and the tar layers are exposed even some “ore” has been collected and piled at the bottom of a giant conveyor belt that never moves. A few workers are on site. No longer needed is the 25 person bus from vernal that arrived every weekday last summer. 2 or 3 vehicles arrive on some days and work in the factory compound. No activity is happening at the mine pit.

USOS has disclosed the lack of funds and inability to actually operate its process for 30 days as most recently promised and expects to operate for 5 days to show it can. But can it? USOS has been just about to produce oil since 2008. They have paid the corporate heads a lot of money over the years and spent a lot on the “factory” and mine but no oil has been produced. This is a victory for Earth!

My research reveals a lucrative scam that has been enriching some and harming most for many years. There are key players and paid politicians who have been perpetuating the get rich pipe dream.

The truth is tar sands or oil shale strip mining, upgrading into a use-able fuel and delivering to a viable market at a profit is a far off pipe dream in Eastern Utah.

One can take a look at Canada and the reality of tar sands mining in Alberta to understand the amount of infrastructure and energy involved in the commercial production of oil. Literally billions of dollars were spent on the mines, factories and infrastructure to deliver the tar before ANY profit was returned on the investment.
Even though policy makers in Utah have repeatedly claimed there is more oil here than in Saudi Arabia the reality is that the tar sands and oil shale are rocks and sand mixed with bitumen or kerogen, lacking the water molecules present in Athabasca tar sands and cannot be extracted the same way it has been done in Canada. Several attempts have been made and many false claims have been repeated by various start ups and even a few big oil names over the years yet none of these hopefuls have made any commercial product.
On the other hand the history shows a poor regulatory effort including out right instructions in the record of how to avoid certain regulatory triggers and admitted failure to enforce clean up or “reclamation” policies, revolving doors from corporate to government and back, boom and bust cycles with real folks loosing their jobs and more plus real scum bags paying them selves big salaries for running these great scams.

We continue to resist tar sands and oil shale development by exposing the scams.

US Oil Sands announces they are near bankruptcy!

 

News of the impending implosion of US Oil Sands.

http://in.reuters.com/article/brief-us-oil-sands-inc-announces-financi-idINASA09TPS

The 100 million dollar project is a big flop. This fact was actually quite clear for a very long time. Big money players have exploited the land and colluded with the politicians to create a cash cow for some, roller-coaster for others and big loss for the public. Not to mention nothing but a waste site of 99 acres that isn’t even as clean as beach sand as was promised, for the SITLA Trust fund beneficiaries.

This company deserves to go under and every one will benefit from the end of this fraud. Now we must address SITLA and the state powers who are continuing to pursue tar sands.

The Scam continues US Oil Sands gets more money.

This is the 6th year of Utah Tar Sands Resistance opposition to the destructive mine plans of the Canadian Corporation, “US Oil Sands” or USOS. USOS has been leasing 50 square miles in the Book Cliffs from the State of Utah for tar sands strip mining since 2005. USOS claims they will produce oil this year, USOS has been claiming this every year, since 2008.

Actually US Oil Sands has yet to produce oil commercially from their project in Utah.

USOS has spent over 100 million dollars building the strip mine and tar processing facility at PR Springs. They have destroyed 100 acres of pristine forest and hold leases to 32,000 acres for tar sands strip mining. In the 4th quarter of 2016 they announced they were out of money and they laid off  most of their employees.

In January US Oil Sands obtained an additional 12 million dollars and is again claiming they will produce oil early in 2017. Our research shows that the Utah department of oil gas and mining (UDOGM) re-assessed the amount of the reclamation surety bond (Likely from our complaints) from approx $376,000.000 to $728,000.00 and they received and extension to pay this bond by February 15th. Which they did pay on Feb 14th according to UDOGM.

CLICK HERE for Utah Depart Oil Gas & Mining Files on the USOS PR SPRING Stripmine

US Oil Sands Lays off most empolyees, closes facility

We support Standing Rock and all resistance to DAPL!

Utah Tar Sands Resistance shares the joy with the the Earth and inhabitants of Main and PR Canyons of a halt to the incomplete tar sands processing plant and strip mine at PR Springs.

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After grinding up 95 acres and destroying Children’s Legacy Camp unnecessarily US Oil Sands, a Canadian Company has laid off most of its Canadian and American Employees and shuttered the speculative tar sands strip mine. According to a statement USOS released on December 2nd:

“In order to preserve working capital, the Company has temporarily laid off most Canadian and U.S. employees, retaining only those essential to close a financing. Certain U.S. employees may also be retained on a part-time or short-term basis to assist in equipment preservation and lay-up of the facility and to maintain basic U.S. operations.”  

http://us10.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e561a64bfb0b7b4abe43bcb90&id=a01edc32ce&e=5620d9e2bc

The Calgary Herald also reports:

http://calgaryherald.com/business/energy/us-oil-sands-lays-off-staff-defers-utah-mine-startup

“The Calgary company developing an oilsands mine in Utah says it has delayed the project’s startup and temporarily laid off most of its Canadian and American employees while it secures new financing.US Oil Sands said the PR Spring project is mechanically complete but requires additional capital to cover the remaining commissioning and startup costs.”

The history of this project shows that they have been promising to begin producing oil nearly every year since 2008.  The reality shows that they are exploiting the land, the people and the future.

The public records at U-DOGM web page shows that US Oil Sands also has numerous items to address in the NOI to commence large mining operations, these can be found here:

http://linux3.ogm.utah.gov/WebStuff/wwwroot/minerals/mineralsfilesbypermit.php?M0470090

The cost of this project is so far from profitable. The public needs to know that the decision makers in Utah are selling them and the school trust lands out. The so called “Green River formation” must be left in the ground, our air, light and water sheds preserved.

As US Oil Sands continues to raise money and promises (again) to begin producing oil in 2017 UTSR is building awareness and resistance to stripmines and pipelines everywhere.  

UTSR will be resuming our public protest vigil in Spring 2017.

We will host the 5th annual Intergenerational campout in June.

Please consider giving a year end tax deductible donation to UTSR to support our campaign.

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UTSR welcomes the formation of PANDOS in Salt Lake City

Upcoming events in Salt Lake City organized by PANDOS. This is their newsletter announcing the events. Consider how you can support local events that connect the issues around, water, air, and climate justice. We all have a lot to learn. Can you attend? Can you do more?

YES!

Welcome to PANDOS.

Inspired by the struggle at Standing Rock, we are a newly formed group of activists, community leaders, and compassionate humans. PANDOS peacefully advocates for basic human and environmental rights, primarily Native rights, and organizes support to encourage dialogue and the protection of our shared home. In this first newsletter you will learn about upcoming opportunities to be informed and stay engaged…read on!

 

 

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The Utah Native American Candidate Forum
Wednesday, October 26, 6:00-9:00 PM
The Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake
120 West 1300 South, Salt Lake City


PANDOS is excited to join with The Utah League of Native American Voters for the inaugural Native American Issues Forum. This interactive forum, between candidates for federal and state office and Tribal Leaders and Native American community leaders, will be the first ever forum hosted by the Native American voting bloc in Utah, in partnership with allies and friends, to discuss Native American issues and concerns in Utah electoral politics.

Click here to visit the Facebook Event Page and RSVP.

In Utah politics, tribes are often lumped in with public lands management issues or multicultural policy. Tribes have a unique political and legal relationship with the state and federal government and deserve to have their voices heard.

Tribes make up about 1.5% of the Utah’s population. High school drop out rates are the highest among Native students, poverty hovers around 60% and unemployment rates around 50% on reservations and within urban communities.

Issues ranging from land management, water rights, natural resource extraction and fossil fuel development, protection of sacred sites, culturally competent education, employment in economies crippled by federal and state law, adequate representation and acknowledgement in key decision-making structures, homeless native youth, violence in the native LGBTQ community, domestic violence, substance abuse, and so forth mark a series of issues not addressed and often ignored by elected officials and the current cadre of candidates.

PANDOS will be hosting a booth at the event and is seeking Volunteers to help! Click here to sign-up to volunteer. We need folks to help set-up, sign-up supporters, and work the Native Taco station.

Standing Rock Frontline Report with Carl Moore
PANDOS activists traveled to Standing Rock this past weekend to support the Stand Off at Standing Rock. Click here or the image below to watch the report.

Today at #StandingRock. #noDAPL This is real people…

Posted by Carl Moore on Saturday, October 22, 2016

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A Call to Action: Ute Nation Protests the Public Lands Initiative
Who: The Ute Tribe, public land activists, and you!
What: Protest & March against the Public Lands Initiative illegal land grab of Tribal and sacred lands
Where: Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building, 125 S. State St., Salt Lake City
When: Thursday, October 27, 5:30 PM

Note: March will begin at 5:30 and proceed up State Street to the Utah Capitol Building. For the disabled and elderly, please join us at the Capitol Steps at 6:00 PM for remarks.
 
Calling All Volunteers…
PANDOS is has a great line-up of outreach events planned in the next couple weeks.  Help us expand the movement and gather strength for Standing Rock and other initiatives. Many of you have indicated you want to volunteer with PANDOS at our next event or action. Check out the list of upcoming events below and then click the action button to sign up and add your power to the movement!

Utah Native American Candidate Forum
Hosted by: Utah League of Native American Voters
Wednesday, October 26th
6:00 – 9:00 PM
The Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake
120 West 1300 South, Salt Lake City

Utah Indigenous Day
Hosted by: Utah Division of Indian Affairs

Saturday, November 4th
6:00 PM Doors | 7:00 PM Program
Thanksgiving Point, Red Barn
3003 Thanksgiving Way, Lehi

Student Diversity & Inclusion Center’s #NoDAPL Panel
Hosted By: Westminster College
Monday, November 7th
12:00 – 1:00 PM
Westminster College’s Gore Auditorium
1840 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City

 

The Protest Must Go On!

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We were shocked to see that our free speech banners we put up last week were stolen from the public right of way in front of the nasty tar factory being constructed at PR Springs Utah.  The banner “No pipelines! No Stripmines! Utah Land Defenders support Standing Rock and Red Warrior Camp was stolen along with “stripmines Trash Everything”

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In an effort to keep up the fight and our spirits we put up more banners.

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Saturday September 24th at PR Springs Utah

A new banner was placed at Children’s Legacy Overlook near the southern edge of the freshly stripped forest known affectionately as the “Children’s Legacy Camp”  UTSR decided to move our vigil to this overlook near the road as the weather is changing and it is preferable to have a more sunny location.  Around 5pm on saturday  about 1 hour after we arrived and began to set up our tents an unmarked vehicle pulled in (which I had seen on the ridge parked, where you can look at our camp in PR Canyon with binoculars, several times since Friday afternoon) and identifying one of us by name said this nonsense:

“Your XXX right?” You can’t be here I know that you know that this is trust lands because you have been arrested here before.”

UTSR: “Who are You?”

The man said “I am Jason Christensen, I am an investigator for the Uintah county prosecutor”

UTSR: “So why are you talking to us?”

Jason: “I am a peace officer, I have no authority in Grand County but I am doing my personal duty.”

UTSR: “Personal duty? What is a personal duty?”

Jason; “you don’t have personal time?”

UTSR: “your up here on your personal time?”

Jason: “I’m not going to argue with you I’m calling the Grand County Sheriff!”

He does I listen (LOL) we are not actually trespassing.

Jason “i’ve got pictures of you”

He drives to the county line 500 feet away and parks where he can watch us. A fully camo dressed man with a covered face drives by on a 4 wheeler pulls over and says “whats going on?” we say “we are protesting the strip mine” and he says “did we drive there?”  “No we are on bikes!” he says but did you drive here?” we say “do you see a car?” There is none  LOL!!! This makes him mad. He leaves and goes to hang out with Jason. I deem him a “Cop Sucker”

We gather up wood, make a big fire and enjoy an amazing sunset across the stripped land. Another unmarked police vehicle drives by from the Uintah county side and takes more pics with a long lens. He turns around after awhile and comes back towards us he swerves and covers his face to avoid being photographed by us.

No one ever shows up from Grand County. We make sure to stay up late and flash our lights on the mine pit so the Uintah co cops have something to do. They keep watch till well after dark.

On Sunday morning , a bike ride over to the Pig Pen ( a fenced in trailer for the cops to sleep in, Uintah county built onto the side of the US Oil Sands tar processing plant fence line), reveals that the Uintah Cops have gone home to Vernal. The new banner and protest camp can be seen from Seep Ridge Road and many folks drive by who are here hunting and recreating in this remote wilderness.

Many tears have been shed over the loss of  Children’s Legacy Camp and its thriving ecosystem. We will continue to witness and grieve for every leaf of every tree, every single fly, spider, mouse and bear and everything in between we will speak of them, and think of them and honor them, as the precious beings that we know they are. Our banners and protest continue to exist.

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Utah Land Defenders support Standing Rock and Red Warrior Camp!

Utah Tar Sands Resistance and other Utah Land Defenders painted and placed a banner near the gate to the tar sands processing plant at PR Springs Utah, in the remote Book Cliffs, on the Ute’s Uncompahgre Reservation.

No Pipelines! No Stripmines! Utah Lnad Defenders support Standing Rock and Red Warrior Camp

No Pipelines! No Stripmines! Utah Land Defenders support Standing Rock and Red Warrior Camp

We say NO Pipelines! NO Stripmines! in North Dakota, or Utah! in solidarity with all of the brave persons and other beings who are on the front lines at the Sacred Stone Camp, Red Warrior Camp, and Oceti Sakowin Camp in so called North Dakota.

We respect and admire the call to protect the water at Standing Rock.

We call on others to take action and protect the water where ever you live.

Read more about Standing Rock:

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/09/13/solidarity-standing-rock