Daily Archives: September 14, 2010

At Least Tar Sands Aren’t 5,000 Feet Below the Sea

As if the BP Oil Spill wasn’t warning enough, a controversial and environmentally detrimental new technique for extracting oil from sand is going to be used in the United States for the first time.


John Baza, director of Utah’s Division of Oil, Gas and Mining, approved the technique known as “tar sands extraction” to be used in his state by Earth Energy Resource Inc. According to the Huffington Post, the technique has been used in Alberta, Canada, and caused a dangerous drop in the water level of the Athabasca River.

Problems with tar sands extraction:
1) It takes… Continue reading