Director John Baza gave Canadian company Earth Energy Resources Inc. a permit to mine a 62-acre pit in eastern Utah, despite objections from environmental activists. According to a Canadian Newspaper that covered oil sands projects in Alberta, from well to tank, a barrel of oil from the oil sands creates three times more greenhouse gas than a barrel pumped from the ground.
Earth Energy is still trying to raise $35 million for the project. The company promises it "will leave Utah's oil sands as clean as beach sand after processing with a citrus-based solvent."
Oil barrels photo courtesy of L.C.Nøttaasen on Flickr.