Oops! Tar Sands Protesters Temporarily Shut Down County Road Improvement Project.
Uinta County Utah
Fresh out of activist training a coalition of environmental activist groups staged a protest temporarily stopping a road work crew doing work under contract with Uinta County.
No one was arrested or cited, said Uintah County Chief Deputy Sheriff John Laursen. He confirmed that 50 to 60 protesters halted road work and, for a time, closed the county road.
“Mostly we just wanted to make sure no one got hurt,” Laursen said.
The CEO of U.S. Oil Sands said his company is not building the road. It does, however, have a small test mine at the site but is not now producing oil. In a telephone interview, Cameron Todd said the oil sands mining operation is scheduled to ramp up in 2014.
The protest came after a week-long training camp that brought environmentalists to Utah from around the region for instruction in nonviolent, civil disobedience, according to a statement released by the organizations.
Read the Salt Lake City Tribune article here: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/56659831-90/alario-county-energy-mine.html.csp