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  •  Utah's "management" of its land is not encouraging (16+ / 0-)

    Under Utah state law, certain lands it received from the federal government when it became a state are to be managed for the benefit of school children. Known as SITLA lands, they are strewn in checkerboard fashion in much of the state. Under the law the state has sought to maximize the economic return on the lands by developing the coal, gas, oil and other carbon reserves under them. This has led to what has been called Lots for Tots---or Tar Sands for Children

    One avenue SITLA is taking to make money in the Uintah Basin is through tar-sands development. Wildly unpopular with environmental groups, tar-sands developments often use steam, which relies on water or a solvent process, to separate the oil from the rock. The website of U.S. Oil Sands, the Canadian corporation that leased the SITLA land, says the company will separate the oil using a citrus-based solvent technique that is less water-intensive.

    Even so, fears remain that tar-sands developments in Utah will sap valuable water resources from the second-driest state. According to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, a group that lobbies on behalf of the tar-sands industry in Canada, where most of the world’s tar sands exist, it takes 3.1 barrels of water to produce a barrel of oil.

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 07:31:08 AM PST

    •  Utah's Fight For Water (0+ / 0-)

      You need to check into the fight between Utah and Las Vegas. The city wants to drain the Great Basin, and Utah (the state of) is fighting it tooth and nail.

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