Watching Government: Eastern Utah awaits a boom

Don’t waste Eastern Utahns’ time talking about the potential of motor fuels from switch grass or hydrogen. They’re interested in energy alternatives that offer more immediate promise.Uintah and Duchesne counties sit atop one of the largest US oil shale deposits. The hills just west of Vernal, the area’s largest community, contain tar sands and are known locally as Asphalt Ridge.The Uinta basin has produced a lot of conventional oil and gas. But with crude prices passing $65/bbl, local petroleum resources previously uneconomic are getting a closer look.That was why the Utah Rural Development Council held its annual Rural Development Conference Apr. 19-20 in Vernal. ...

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