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Protest held to oppose Tar Sands refining

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The group Utah Tar Sands Resistance gathered at the Chevron refinery Saturday to protest the refining tar sands oils from eastern Utah.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The group Utah Tar Sands Resistance gathered at the Chevron refinery Saturday to protest the refining tar sands oils from eastern Utah.

"The state of Utah is planning on a tar sands operation here within our borders and then they would truck that tar sands which they extract from Uinta Basin and then refine it here,” said Carl Ingwell, Utah Tar Sands Resistance.

Right now Chevron is refining tar sands oils from Canada. Earlier this week crews worked to clean up a diesel spill from a Chevron pipeline that sprung a leak at the Willard Bay State Park in Box Elder County.

But the protesters say oil spills are only part of the problem. Also harmful to the environment is the extraction and refining process.

"It poisons our air, it poisons our water, substances that should never be released into the water are released into the ground,” said Melanie Martin, Utah Tar Sands Resistance. "Tar sands refining is even worse for air quality than refining regular crude.”

To clean up Utah's air the group says they wants the focus to turn to renewable energy sources and they want to see more regulation for refineries.

"I grew up here on the Wasatch front, I grew up in Cache valley and I’ve breathed this dirty air my entire life we need to be looking at the big picture right now,” said Will Munger, Utah Tar Sands Resistance. "We need to look at the larger industries that are polluting the Wasatch front we need to stop these expansions of refineries that are going to decrease our air quality even more.”

ABC 4 put a call into Chevron Saturday afternoon for a response, but as of news time have not heard back.
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