The first US tar sands mine is set to open in northeastern Utah as soon as January 2013, with plans to expand aggressively thereafter. The leasing area straddles the Green River, between US-40 and US-50. Maps available here. It’s not hard to imagine what Edward Abbey would have to say about this…
Tim DeChristopher goes on trial Monday. He faces 10 years in prison and $750,000 in fines for punking the last-minute auction of federal oil and gas leases in southern Utah in the last days of the Bush administration. The auctions were later determined to be illegal. He will not be allowed to use a “necessity” defense, or even mention his reasons for disrupting the auction. If found guilty, he should be pardoned.
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