No more nonsense...
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Last week, several grandparents and I demonstrated at the PR Spring tar sands mine with a rocking chair blockade, demanding that Utah and the nation urgently transition to green energy and restore the land.

With US Oil Sands going into receivership, Utah leaders have another chance to get it right. They have been cashing in on dirty energy projects like the U.S. Oil Sands tar sands mine at PR Spring for decades.

The tar sands mine has never moved beyond preproduction, wasting hundreds of millions of dollars while blighting the landscape and destroying critical habitat in the Book Cliffs of eastern Utah.

Infrastructure and regulatory support from DEQ, DOGM and SITLA are partly responsible for the desecration of hundreds of acres.

To secure a livable future for our grandchildren, our leaders must ensure that the restoration bond of $732,000 is used to clean up the mess. No more tar sands nonsense.

—Jill Merritt

Salt Lake City

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