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.
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.
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).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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