06 Sep '12, 6pm

First U.S. Tar Sands Mine: Six Years Digging Up Sixty-Two Acres...For Just 6 Hours Worth of Oil

First U.S. Tar Sands Mine: Six Years Digging Up Sixty-Two Acres...For Just 6 Hours Worth of Oil

As DeSmogBlog readers are well aware, tar sands are being aggressively extracted up in Canada -- turning about 35 million acres of Alberta boreal forest into a wasteland -- but up to this point, U.S. tar sands have been kept in the ground. A couple of Canadian companies are working to change that, and one, U.S. Oil Sands, has just cleared its last major legal hurdle to open up its first mining operation , the “North Pit” of the so-called P.R. Spring lease in the Uintah Basin in eastern Utah’s Colorado Plateau region.

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/node/6492

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