SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State officials are approving a tar sands mine in eastern Utah, but will require the company to do water and air quality monitoring.
Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining director John Baza said Monday the decision addresses concerns raised by opposition while acknowledging that U.S. Oil Sands, the Canadian company building the mine, has complied with regulations.
Environmentalists who have been fighting the project called the decision a victory. At a recent public hearing organized by Baza, they presented evidence from a university professor showing water in the Book Cliffs area will be negatively impacted.
U.S. Oil Sands officials weren’t immediately available for comment Monday. They said at the recent hearing that there no measurable quantities of water in the area and that the mine will have minimal effect.