MCW / Petroteq

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Petroteq makes false claims about green house gas emissions. They will use electricity and front loaders to mine.

Mine plan

The production of tar sands in Utah is a story of false claims and impossible promises with a long history of failed companies, bankruptcies and name changes. Foreign owned company heads and insiders walk away with invested money. Utah politicians provide legitimacy to magical mine plans and accept corporate money while the local communities suffer from economic swings created by the scams.

Petroteq Energy Inc, a Canadian-registered holding company is the current name of a regular participant in tar scams at Asphalt Ridge near Vernal Utah.

Recently Petroteq energy has been actively pursuing investors, by generating press releases and soliciting press coverage to boost the stock price of Petroteq.

Petroteq has used GlobeNewswire, a paid service to make a press releases on August 3rd, July 24, July 18, July 12, July 11, July 10, July 9, July 3, May 22, May 23. They use PR Newswire a paid press service in London to re-churn their press releases in Europe.

From GlobeNewsire site: “GlobeNewswire is one of the world’s largest newswire distribution networks, specializing in the delivery of corporate press releases financial disclosures and multimedia content to the media, investment community, individual investors and the general public.”

This paid for saturation has generated dozens of actual articles in newspapers and mainstream media reports. There is also noticeable increase in the share price of Petroteq stock. PQEFF on the Canadian stock exchange.

These news reports contain impossible claims made by Petroteq about their Utah project.

In June we went to visit Petroteq in person to see for our selves. W spoke to Donovon and Paul at the Asphalt Ridge site. They repeated the same claims made in the press. We discussed their recent public statements and questioned them about this claim:

“the extraction process, produces no greenhouse gases “

Their answers:

“ Everything is electric.” “Once we get electricity down here it won’t be run on a diesel generator”

“Right now it is running on a generator while we are waiting for Rocky Mountain power to get down here.“

They think electric means no greenhouse gases. Since our visit in June they have installed a giant propane tank. 

I contacted UDOGM on July 25:

Dear April

I have been following the progress of Petroteq and their compliance with state law.

I see that in this letter dated June 4 Petroteq is asked to respond to the division of oil gas and mining by June 29 2018.

https://fs.ogm.utah.gov/FILES/MINERALS/PERMITS/047/M0470089/2018/Outgoing/06042018.pdf

Can you tell me if Petroteq has responded or if any other agency actions have occurred.

Also Petroteq is claiming that they produced and sold 10,000 barrels of oil in 2015-2016. Is there a record of oil sales in Utah where this might be documented?

On Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 9:58 AM, April Abate <aprilabate@utah.gov> wrote:

Hi Raphael,

We are expecting a revised Notice from Petroteq any day now.  They have been in to talk to us about their process and we have asked for an update to their mine plan.  The revision will be subject to the public comment process. I am also aware that the Division of Water Quality has asked for an update to their groundwater discharge permit.  

I put in a call to SITLA to ask them about whether or not they reported the oil production to them when they operated their plant in Maeser.  I’ll let you know what I find out.

Regards, April

Currently Petroteq is not in compliance with the Utah Division of oil gas and mining (UDOGM) who issued a “division directive to post additional reclamation surety” demand letter on June 4 2018 noting several concerns and requesting a response by June 29. Petroteq has not posted sufficient surety for the mine and factory they claim to be producing oil from. 

UDOGM minerals inspection report dated 5/24/2108 also states the the Utah division of water quality has requested that Petroteq file for a Utah pollution prevention permit and that the groundwater discharge permit the company currently holds be updated for their records.

Before these same operators changed the name to Petroteq they ran a similar scam as MCW Energy

The UDOGM mineral permit file M0470089 shows the company currently known as Petroteq has been previously known as MCW energy LLC, Amerisands, TMC Capital lle, TME asphalt ridge.

MCW had to pay a settlement agreement to SITLA in 2016.

MCW also had it’s lease with SITLA terminated.

This article gives a really good breakdown of MCW’s actual production, spending and earnings. The author points out many red flags and inconsistencies in claims made by Petroteq.

Tar Sands investors, Vernal residents and others deserve to know who Petroteq really is. SITLA’s board of trustees, Governor Herbert, and Uintah county representatives should be held accountable for supporting this unproven project.  

Recent Posts

USOS (a tarsand stripmine) is spreading dangerous synthetic vitreous fibers on School Trust Lands at PR Springs, Utah.

Notice of Uncontrolled Air and Water Pollution in Uintah County, Utah and  Complaint made by UTSR.

       Please take notice and immediate corrective action regarding the Synthetic Vitreous Fibers (Fiberglass) being dispersed without control into the air and subsequently deposited onto the lands and into the waters of the Uncompahgre reservation in Uintah County, Utah.


  The source of the fiberglass is the deteriorating exterior insulation on a water tank serving the tar sand strip mine Police Substation of Agent Ronald C. Barton, Utah Attorney General’s Office, for SITLA, located adjacent to the USOS stripmine and factory on Seep Ridge Road, in Uintah County, Utah.

BACKGROUND:

The tank and uncontrolled dispersing fiberglass is apparently owned by USO (Utah) LLC, a private Delaware corporation based in Canada.

The tank is or was used in a bonded mine plan, M0470090, which was approved by Utah Division of Oil, Gas & Mining.

The tank is on land leased to USO (Utah) LLC., by the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), and is located in Uintah County immediately west of Seep Ridge Road, just south of mile marker one.

  The US Government granted the impacted lands to the Uncompahgre Utes on January 5, 1882 by an executive order of President Chester A. Arthur, later the US Government took control of the land from the Ute Tribe through the allotment process. The Uncompahgre reservation boundaries were not diminished and the Ute nation retains jurisdiction on the subject lands.

SITLA subsequently obtained title to these lands in trade with the US Government.

The USO tarsand stripmine went into bankruptcy a couple years ago and the place shuttered up. Recently some activity is occurring. Photos of the deteriorating water tank at the tarsand stripmine show fiberglass entering the environment in large pieces and small and show the water tank’s connection to Attorney General’s Police Substation. A sample of the fiberglass has been collected as indicated.

The Photos are linked HERE: 

All of these photos accurately depict the conditions at this site in July 2019

The photos indicate recent activity at the USO stripmine factory site where a gas powered electric generator was placed on and near the water tank dispersing fiberglass in mid July 2019.

How can fiberglass affect my health?

Larger fibers have been found to cause skin, eye and upper respiratory tract irritation. There are other possible health effects:

A rash can appear when the fibers become embedded in the outer layer of the skin. No long-term health effects should occur from touching fiberglass. Eyes may become red and irritated after exposure to fiberglass. Soreness in the nose and throat can result when fibers are inhaled. Asthma and bronchitis can be aggravated by exposure to fiberglass. Temporary stomach irritation may occur if fibers are swallowed. 

SOURCE: http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/factsheets/fiberglass.htm

What happens to synthetic vitreous fibers when they enter the environment? 

Synthetic vitreous fibers do not evaporate into air or dissolve in water. They are generally not broken down to other compounds in the environment and will remain virtually unchanged over long periods. 

  Eventually, synthetic vitreous fibers will be broken down if the water or soil is very acidic or very alkaline. Fibers can enter the air, water, and soil from the manufacture, use, and disposal of synthetic vitreous fiber-containing materials. Fibers with small diameters become airborne more easily than thick fibers, and can be transported by wind for longer distances. Synthetic vitreous fibers are not likely to move through soil.

SOURCE: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). 2004.

 

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