tar sands

Energy & Environment
2:00 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Agreement Avoids Endangered Species Listing for Two Wildflowers

The White River beardstongue (Penstemon scariousus var. albifluvis) is one of two wildflowers that had been proposed for listing as endangered species.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  Two wildflowers that grow only where there are oil shale or tar sands will stay off the federal endangered species list for now.  Instead, an agreement has been worked out to protect some of the areas where they grow in eastern Utah.

The two species are Graham’s beardtongue and White River beardtongue, two small flowers related to snapdragons.  They grow in eastern Utah and western Colorado where oil shale or tar sands are close to the surface.

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Environment & Public Lands
10:33 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Wildflowers Proposed for Endangered Species List

The White River penstemon (Penstemon scariousus var. albifluvis)
US Fish and Wildlife Service

  The federal government is planning to protect two kinds of wildflower that grow only in eastern Utah and western Colorado – and only in areas where there are oil shale or tar sands.

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Environment & Public Lands
2:18 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Lawsuit Could Challenge Tar Sands Leasing

Potential tar sands resources in eastern Utah
Bureau of Land Management

Seven environmental groups are telling the Bureau of Land Management they plan to sue the agency over its leasing plan for oil shale and tar sands.  They say the agency didn’t consult the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the possible impact on endangered species.   

Attorney Steve Bloch with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance says the 60-day notice is required before the suit can be filed in federal court.

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Environment & Public Lands
5:31 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Final Plan for Oil Shale and Tar Sands Development Announced

PR Springs, in the Book Cliffs of Utah, slated for tar sands mining.
Before It Starts

US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced a plan to encourage oil shale and tar sands development in the Mountain West. The Bureau of Land Management released its final plan Friday to develop and test technologies to extract these fossil fuels in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. But the citizen group Utah Tar Sands Resistance says this move will endanger the environment and public health. 

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KUER Local News
11:29 am
Tue November 20, 2012

KUER News Pod: Tuesday November 20, 2012

Governor Herbert sends a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the “Tar Sands Monster” pays a visit to downtown Salt Lake City, and the Utah State Board of Regents OK’s a policy change that could increase college tuition for those who drag their feet.

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Environment & Public Lands
3:21 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Protesters Challenge Tar Sands Decision

The "Tar Sands Monster" makes an appearance at a demonstration against tar sands development in Utah.
Dan Bammes

About two dozen demonstrators gathered outside the Bureau of Land Management Office at the Gateway to offer their own "People's Environmental Impact Statement" on tar sands.  They object to a decision by the federal government to make more than 130,000 acres available for tar sands development in Utah.  Right now, the only active tar sands project in Utah is the proposed U.S.

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