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Should We Build A Uintah Express Pipeline?

February 5, 2014

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A local refinery is seeking a permit from the Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest (UWCNF) to construct a 12-inch underground “common carrier” pipeline for the purpose of transporting crude oil. The purpose of the pipeline is to create safer and more efficient means of transportation of crude oil from the Uintah Basin to the Salt Lake City Tesoro Refinery.

The 135-mile pipeline would have five principal facilities along the line to help the transportation process. The original principal facility located in the Uintah Basin will be approximately 20 acres on private property. The following four principal facilities will each be five acres and also be located on private property.

New drilling technology has caused a 54% increase of crude oil in the last five years. In 2008, 8.7 million barrels were produced in the Uintah Basin. In 2013, over 18 million barrels of crude oil was produced. This increase is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

The pipeline would transport 60,000 barrels per day. The benefits seem positive for most involved: from the increased jobs that would be created while the construction took place, to limiting the number of trucks on the road, as well as reducing air pollution to the salt lake valley. Traffic and air quality are huge issues facing the Wasatch front. Many believe that a cheaper and less invasive way to transport this vital product has more benefits than drawbacks.

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One Comment
  1. Sandra Mountcastle permalink

    I believe this should be built. It would create JOBS!

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