Many companies have come and gone in the continuous pursuit of tar sands and oil shale “billions” in the remote Tavaputs Plateau of Eastern Utah. Much of this land is part of the Uncompahgre Reservation. SITLA is controlling and leasing this land on behalf of the beneficiaries who are Utah School Children.
The people who really benefit are SITLA board members and the companies they run. The Governor Dirty Herbert (who appoints the board and the director of SITLA) and his friends also benefit. Many of the Utah State legislators and their friends benefit. Local politicians benefit in Vernal and Uintah county. The list is long.
So much money has been invested in foolish and wasteful efforts to turn rocks into oil. Certain people have made a lot of money from this fraud. Most folks have lost and local communities have suffered bust and boom cycles in addition to corrupt politics, pollution and failed strip mines.
Meet MCW now Petroteq chairman in the middle of this photo. Val Hale with the Utah department of energy development is shown with Utah senator Kevin Van Tassell. Shortly after this ribbon cutting MCW was shown to be tresspassing on SITLA land after failing to make the lease payments to the trust.
Utah senator Kevin Van Tassell is currently proposing legislation to funnel CIB money over to his really good friend Mike Mckee.