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Utah's Pursuit of Oil Shale and Tar Sands

In the report, "Fossil Foolishness: Utah's Pursuit of Tar Sands and Oil Shale," WRA examines what potential commercial development of oil shale and tar sands would mean for Utah. Our research focuses on the likely impacts of developing these deposits on Utah's water, air, and economy, as well as rural communities.

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WRA releases this report as Utah's Governor Gary Herbert commits to work on a 10-year strategic energy initiative for guiding Utah's energy future. “Fossil Foolishness” demonstrates why the unconventional resources of oil shale and tar sands are not legitimate sources of energy to fuel our future. To see why, watch the video below:

Why Oil Shale and Tar Sands Won't Work for Utah: