Utah blockades Chevron tar sands refinery, Stop Tar Sands Profiteers Week


Utah Tar Sands Resistance, Peaceful Uprising, Canyon Country Rising Tide, Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance, Salt Lake Dream Team, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, We Can’t Breath, Sierra Club, Utah Labor Action Network blocked trucks at Chrevon’s main entrance in Salt Lake City.

Chevron already refines Alberta tar sands in Salt Lake City and would increase tar sands refining here if the first tar sands mine in the US, planned for the Book Cliffs of Utah, begins production. We want people to know that as we ramp up for a summer of resistance to the United States first tar sands mine in Eastern Utah that the people of Davis, Weber and Salt Lake Counties in the Wasatch Front know that we are fighting for their health and clean air. We want clean air in the Wasatch Front, to obtain that we must defeat tar sands in the Book Cliffs–otherwise it’s just another game-over, this time for clean air in the Wasatch Front.

The action was done in solidarity with Tar Sands Blockade which called for a week of solidarity to Stop Tar Sands Profiteers.

Oh yeah, and you’ve heard the phrase “All pipelines Leak”?  Well, Chevron’s pipeline leaked into a wildlife area for migratory birds and recreation area on Great Salt Lake earlier this week. This is the second major leak in the Wasatch Front for Chevron in 2 years.

Join us for our spring opening camping trip to PR Springs April 12-15 to continue the resistance to tar sands mining. Click here for more details on the camp, or to see video of today’s action and the news clips 


About 60 people blocked the gates of the refinery to protest the effects that tar sands and its related processing would have on health and the environment. (video and read more)


The protest is part of a national week of action aimed at stopping companies from profiting on tar sands oil. Event organizers said Chevron is currently refining toxic tar sands oil from Canada, and they said Chevron will be refining oil from tar sands mined in eastern Utah sometime later this year. (video and read more)


“It poisons our air, it positions our water substances that should never be released into the water are released into the ground,” said Melanie Martin, Utah Tar Sands Resistance. “Tar sands refining is even worse for air quality than refining regular crude.” (video and read more)

Salt Lake Tribune:

Some 60 hearty souls braved brisk March breezes Saturday to march one-third mile up a private road to Chevron’s Salt Lake City refinery. They protested tar sands development in eastern Utah and criticized the oil giant’s processing of Canadian crude from Alberta tar sands. (read more)