Press

2016

Dust blown away from stockpiles left over after tar sands upgrading is very likely a key source of a cancer-linked pollutant commonly found in the northern Alberta region, concludes a new peer-reviewed study.

http://www.nationalobserver.com/2016/02/04/news/scientists-trace-cancer-linked-pollutant-oil-sands-stockpiles

US Oil Sands slows $60-million Utah project as prices tank, contractors close

http://www.sltrib.com/home/3504760-155/low-oil-prices-mire-utah-tar

 

http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/3445701-155/op-ed-how-long-will-utah-politicians

2015

Article about tar sands strip mining in Utah, from Scientific American. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tar-sands-mining-moves-to-utah/

Article about direct action in August 2015

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/us-oil-sands-project-disrupted-by-protesters-in-utah-1.3187006

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2014

Oil sands protests to continue after arrests (Moab Times Independent – July 24)

21 Arrested as Police and Protestors Clash at First U.S. Tar Sands Mine (EnviroNews TV – July 24)

Tar Sands Mine Protesters Arrested At Construction Site (Utah Public Radio – July 23)

Construction of First US Tar Sands Mine Begins, Even As It’s Blockaded (SustainableBusiness.com – July 23)

A Parody of Populism: From the ‘Bumpkin Proletariat’ to the Utah Tar Sands (Counter Punch – July 23)

21 Protesters Arrested While Attempting To Block The First Tar Sands Mine In America (ThinkProgress – July 23)

21 arrested at tar sands site (Moab Sun – July 22)

Oil sands protesters arrested in Utah (Upstream – July 22)

Protesters from across U.S. arrested at Utah tar sands mine (Deseret News – July 22)

Protesters Arrested at America’s First Tar Sands Mine (Newsweek – July 22)

Free on bail, “land defenders” face numerous charges in Utah (Salt Lake Tribune – July 22)

Activists say arrests made in protest at Utah tar sands mine project (Reuters – July 21)

Utah: 21 Arrested After Blockade of 1st U.S. Tar Sands Mine (DemocracyNow! – July 22)

Blockade at First Tar Sands Site in US Challenges ‘Brazen Disregard for Climate Crisis’ (Common Dreams – July 21)

Uintah deputies arrest anti-tar sands activists (Salt Lake Tribune – July 21)

Editorial: State must keep closer watch on tar sands project (Salt Lake Tribune – July 1)

Trib Talk: Tar sands mining gets the green light (Salt Lake Tribune – June 30)

Direct Action Protest Temporarily Shuts Down Utah Tar Sands Project (Desmog Blog – June 28)

Activists camp out in protest vigil at Utah tar sands site (Salt Lake Tribune – June 27)

Utah justices reject challenge to tar sands mine (Deseret News – June 25)

High court rejects final appeal of Utah tar sands mine (Salt Lake Tribune – June 25)

Utah High Court Clears Way for Tar Sands Mine (KUER – June 24)

Utah hostile (Calgary Herald – June 19)

Protest camp set up at tar sands site (Moab Sun News – June 11)

The Rolling Rebellion For Real Democracy and Tar Sands in the US (Clearing the FOG Radio – June 9)

On the News With Thom Hartmann (Truth-Out, June 9)

Call for Mass Protesting & Mobilization of People in Utah over US Tar Sands (EnviroNews – June 5)

Oilsands down south: Protesters vow to kill Utah project (Fast Forward Weekly – June 5)

Protesters say they’ll stay put at Utah oil-sands pit (Associated Press – June 4)

Protesters set up camp at Utah oil-sands pit, say it threatens water supply (The Republic – June 4)

Permanent Protest Setup at Proposed Tar Sands Strip Mine in Utah (EcoWatch – June 2)

Permanent Protest Set Up at US Oil Sands Project in Utah (DesmogBlog – May 31)

‘Permanent Protest Vigil’ Launched to Confront First Tar Sands Mine in US (Common Dreams – May 29)

US Oil Sands gears up to build Utah project (Calgary Herald – May 26)

American Sands Energy Corp. To Become Third Company to Mine Tar Sands in Utah (DesmogBlog – May 15)

Utah OKs Oil Refinery Construction Before Examining Impacts on Public Health, Pollution, Iconic National Parks (Center for Biological Diversity – May 14)

Deal reached to halt endangered listing for Utah flowers (Salt Lake Tribune – May 6)

Utah tar sands:
 promise or peril? (The Daily Sentinel – May 5)

Lands fight: Five acts of environmental disobedience (Salt Lake Tribune – May 2)

Sales of Eesti Energia aka Enefit oil shale down 41% in one year

Will Utah Oil Sands Project and Water, If There is Any, Mix? (Inside Climate News – April 15)

US’s first tar sands mine facing opposition in Utah (Sojourner Truth Radio – March 20)

Utah Supreme Court hears challenge to tar sands permit (Salt Lake Tribune – March 4)

Eesti Energia’s market share down notably (Baltic Business News – Feb. 19)

Canadian Company Called U.S. Oil Sands Will Soon Start Extracting Utah’s Tar Sands (DesmogBlog – Feb 16)

Two Enefit executives detained under suspicion of bribery (Baltic Business News – Feb. 4)

“Utah’s Carbon Bomb”: State Plots Massive Tar Sands & Oil Shale Projects Despite Climate Concerns (Democracy Now – March 14)

Enefit American Oil shale project on hold (Vernal Express – Feb. 25)

Lots for Tots: How one agency is selling off Utah in the name of the children (City Weekly – Jan. 29)

Eesti Energia Responds to Anti-Oil Shale Demonstration in Utah (Estonian Public Broadcasting – Jan. 28)

Ameeriklased protestisid Eesti Energia vastu (arileht – Jan. 26)

Moody’s downgrades Eesti Energia’s ratings (The Baltic Course – Jan. 22)

Peaceful Uprising Demands Immediate DAQ Ban On Tar Sands Refining in Utah (EnviroNews – Jan. 10)

Lionel Trepanier Addresses the Crowd and Turns His Back on a “Failed” Air Quality Board (EnviroNews – Jan. 10)

Estonia coverage of Enefit’s Utah oil shale project:
http://www.tallinnatv.eu/?id=9763
http://www.tallinnatv.eu/?id=12017
http://www.tallinnatv.eu/index.php?id=12036
http://www.tallinnatv.eu/?id=12185

Peaceful Uprising Demands Immediate DAQ Ban On Tar Sands Refining in Utah – http://environews.tv/peaceful-uprising-demands-immediate-daq-ban-on-tar-sands-refining-in-utah/

2013

Utah OKs nation’s first commercial oil shale mine (Salt Lake Tribune – Dec. 20)

Frank Giustra, President Bill Clinton’s Close Colleague, Joins US Oil Sands Board (DesmogBlog – Oct. 7)

Estonian company could bring billions to Utah, but environmentalists fear catastrophe (KSL – Sept. 23)

Oil shale brings promise of jobs, revenue from Estonian partnership (KSL – Sept. 19)

Giant US Tar Sands Project Lurking in the Shadows (Common Dreams – Sept. 12)

Owners Backtrack on Utah Tar Sands, Oil Shale Refinery Permitting (Common Dreams – Sept. 11)

Action Camp! (Catalyst Magazine – September)

US Tar Sands Operations Challenged By Grassroots Opposition (DesmogBlog – Aug. 22)

The rock that burns: Is Utah about to see oil shale bonanza? (Salt Lake Tribune – Aug. 16)

Utah Canyon Country Action Camp (Unedited Media – Aug. 7)

Climate activists to fossil fuel industry: ‘If you build it, we will come’ (Waging Nonviolence – Aug. 6)

Watch Protesters Disrupt Tar-Sands Operation at PR Springs, UT (City Weekly – Aug. 5)

US Oil Sands stock drops 13% day nonviolent direct action shuts down mine (KCSG Television – Aug. 4)

Protesters block road construction (Vernal Express – July 30)

Activists protest proposed Utah tar sands mine, shut down road project (KSL – July 29)

Protesters halt road work near eastern Utah tar sands mine (Salt Lake Tribune – July 29)

Activists protest proposed Utah tar sands mine, shut down road project (Deseret News – July 29)

Utahns protest tar sands mine (ABC 4 Utah – July 29)

Demonstrators block road at site of proposed tar sands mine in Book Cliffs (Moab Times-Independent – July 29)

Protesters halt road work near eastern Utah tar sands mine (Salt Lake Tribune – July 29)

Action! Locals blockade Utah tar sands strip mine (Red, Green & Blue – July 29)

Climate Justice Activists Occupy Two Tar Sands Mining Sites in Utah (Earth First! – July 29)

Estonia company wants to pull 2.6 billion barrels of oil from Utah (Salt Lake Tribune – July 13)

Utah Tar Sands: Will The U.S. Join Canada In Tapping The ‘Bottom Of The Barrel’? (Huffington Post – June 29)

Families Camp Out in Protest to Save the Tavaputs Plateau from America’s First Approved Commercial Tar Sands Operation (EnviroNews – June 28)

No thanks, Estonia (High Country News – May 28)

Groups suing BLM for decision to open lands for oil shale, tar sands leasing (KSL – May 25)

Oilsands fight heads to Utah (Fast Forward Weekly – May 16)

Tar sands protesters interrupt U of U fuel conference (Fox 13 News – May 7)

Protests Against America’s First Approved Tar Sands Operation Rage in Utah at Chevron Refinery (EnviroNews – April 6)

Utah protesters decry tar sands in Chevron refinery march (Salt Lake Tribune – March 24)

Protesters rally against tar sands oil (Fox 13 News – March 23)

Company: Utah tar sands poised to yield oil (Salt Lake Tribune – March 21)

Native American Round Dance Protest Hits the Capitol (City Weekly – Feb. 21)

Protesters demonstrate against planned tar-sand mine in eastern Utah (Salt Lake Tribune – Feb. 21)

Tar sands mine in Utah gets final nod from regulators (Salt Lake Tribune – Jan. 12)

Protesters Boo “Dirty Herbert” Outside of Energy Summit (City Weekly – Jan. 10)

2012

Second US Tar Sands Mine, Owned by Former ExxonMobil and Chevron Exec., Approved in Utah (DesmogBlog – Nov. 21)

Groups protest tar sands, oil shale plans in Utah (Fox 13 News – Nov. 19)

Tar Sands South: First US Tar Sands Mine Approved in Utah (DesmogBlog – Oct. 26)

Utah tar sands project gets key go ahead (High Country News – Oct. 25)

‘Expect Resistance’: Utah Tar Sands Project Gets Green Light (Common Dreams – Oct. 25)

Utah Oil Sands Project Can Proceed Without Pollution Permit, Water Monitoring (Inside Climate News – Oct. 25)

As Texas Pipeline Blockade Continues, Activists Challenge First US Tar Sands Strip Mine in Utah (Democracy Now – Oct. 10)

Tar-Sands Battle (City Weekly – Oct. 17)

Potential groundwater contamination at issue in tar sands mine (Deseret News – Sept. 26)

Decision on Eastern Utah’s tar sands mine expected next month (Salt Lake Tribune – Sept. 26)

Ruling Exempting First U.S. Tar Sands Mine from Water Pollution Monitoring Is Challenged (Inside Climate News – Sept. 13)

First U.S. Tar Sands Mine: Six Years Digging Up Sixty-Two Acres…For Just 6 Hours Worth of Oil (DesmogBlog – Sept. 6)

Oil Sands Mining in Utah Clears Major Hurdle (Inside Climate News – Aug. 29)

Nation’s First Tar Sands Mine Stirs Water, Environmental Fears Out West (Inside Climate News – Aug. 16)

Will Utah’s tar sands make it the Alberta of the high desert? (High Country News – July 23)

Does Red Leaf’s “EcoShale” Technology Greenwash Oil Shale Extraction? (DesmogBlog – July 17)

Groundwater at issue in Utah tar sands project (Associated Press – May 16)

Enviros protest at Utah trust lands office (Salt Lake Tribune – April 23)

Tar Sands in the United States: What You Need to Know (DesmogBlog – April 10)

University of Utah professor warns tar sands process could taint water (Salt Lake Tribune – Jan. 24)

2012 Unconventional Fuels Conference (Catalyst Magazine)

2011

Wildflower vs. Oil Shale (City Weekly – June 15)

Why bother cooking what nature failed to finish? (High Country News – March 21)

 2010

Utahns tar the tar sands (High Country News – Oct. 1)

America’s First Oil Sands Project in Utah to Face Legal Challenges (Inside Climate News – Sept. 24)

Athabasca South? Activity Hints at Tar Sands Development in Utah (Inside Climate News – March 30)

2008

Road to Nowhere: Utah’s oil boom could mean a highway in the wilderness (City Weekly – April 2)

Bush Administration’s Rush to Develop Oil Shale and Tar Sands Endangers Local communities and Wild Lands in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming (Common Dreams – March 20)

MISC.

VIDEO: Citizens’ Public Hearing at SITLA OfficeUS Oil Sands slows $60-million Utah project as prices tank, contractors close