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Green River to host Intermountain West's first refinery since 1976

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  • VickieB SLC, UT
    Sept. 25, 2013 7:39 p.m.

    A nuclear power plant? now a refinery? The Grand Canyon will be flowing with glowing sludge in no time. The Lake Powell tar sands will be our newest attraction.

  • dale richards Green River, Utah
    Sept. 25, 2013 8:53 p.m.

    Here we stand a country who wants to be energy efficient.
    Individuals and environmental groups are aggressively stopping
    progress of any form. They rather see hundreds of wind turbines
    that would dot our deserts, valley's, and mountains which provide
    very little energy. Ask California of the ugly hill sides and very
    Of them are providing energy that's why Southern California
    Is getting most of their energy from Arizona.

  • dale richards Green River, Utah
    Sept. 25, 2013 9:41 p.m.

    Correction to the above. Wind turbines provide
    Very little energy and major pollution when they
    malfunction.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Sept. 25, 2013 11:59 p.m.

    Now maybe a little economic benefit will come to Green River. Moab can keep their Jeep Thing and the river rafting, etc. Let Green River finally prosper.

  • high school fan Huntington, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 3:11 a.m.

    And we wonder why environmentalists are not taken seriously.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 4:12 a.m.

    In anticipation of fracking style oil wells destroying hundreds of square miles of our state lands based on the sustained high cost gas prices at the gas stations. What happens when oil production and importing returns after the Obama administration defaults this country's economy.

    When gas prices drop below $3/gal, it will force this refinery to shut down. Fracking is a lot more costly than oil wells and the collapsed economy on poverty is being determined now.

    The economy cannot sustain the high cost of oil and oil fracking undermine the integrity of millions ow square miles of water aquifers in the open BLM lands of Utah? We will have to have water lines strung out all over the deserts to keep wildfire from leaking subterranean surface gas escaping through the ground.

    I hope they are also planning to build a toxic dump-site where all the toxic water that oil fracking creates can be stored for eternity. Our state governor has an Obama complex, creating disasters is his job, cleanup is not his responsibility and another tax issue.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 6:16 a.m.

    @ Dale Richards

    Keep in mind that the states of Iowa, Kansas and South Dakota get 20 percent or more of their electricity from wind. A Boston Globe article priced wind power as the second cheapest power source, behind natural gas, just the other day. Wind is growing rapidly in this country, creating jobs and economic opportunities in rural communities -- without pollution, need for water or trucking in fuel, etc. Wind provides about 4 percent of America's electricity -- and it's growing!

    Yes, I've seen the "scary" pictures of the occasional wind turbine struck by lightening or the one that fell on a truck... those pictures are nothing compared to the scary pictures of Fukushima or Deep Horizon oil spill that actually killed people and created economic and environmental devastation far and wide.

    ... people are still refusing to eat seafood from the Mexican Gulf because of the oil spill, and Fukushima has rendered some nearby radiated real estate as "non-usable" for time and eternity -- this has not been good for their local economies... can't sell oil-laced seafood or develop/farm on nuke-radiated land... but you can farm around wind turbines.

  • sherlock holmes Eastern, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 8:36 a.m.

    The best news of this article are the jobs for Green River. The town and Emery County have worked long and hard for this day. The plus for this refinery is the railroad that can move the product to various markets. The minus is the distance from the Uintah Basin's oil production - not any closer than SLC. Though the tar sands project and some of the oil shale projects are closer to Green River, once a decent road is built.

    The enviro grops are grasping for straws on this one. Must be too many slow days in the office for their lawyers.

  • Bearone Monroe, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    And I suppose that the enviro-nuts are riding their bikes, or horses, or other non-polluting means, to all the appeal hearings, etc. No, they are driving their cars or pickups to the hearings. Remember, people, that these groups protest everything to accomplish one goal--raise more money.

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Sept. 26, 2013 11:52 a.m.

    it kills me when you call people that want a clean earth nuts. coal burning is putting out record amounts of mercury. more of utahs lakes now have much higher levels than ever before. if the oceans keep getting this it could kill plankton and then oxygen goes down 72% on earth then we all die. is it nuts to not want to die? or is it nuts to want to burn things foerever so a few rich people can get richer?