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Over the last few years, energy companies have rapidly expanded oil and gas drilling in your headwaters through both traditional energy development and through much more destructive measures such as fracking, oil shale and tar sands development.  Utah alone has nearly doubled its total volume of oil and gas wells in the last 10 years and the state shows no sign of abating its courtship with dirty energy.

Alongside this expansion has come illegal dumping of crude oil byproducts alongside several prominent oil spills into your watershed.  These impacts are effectively increasing the abundance of toxins in your headwaters.  Particularly disconcerting is the proposed expansion of tar sands and oil shale which stand to turn vast tracts of pristine headwater lands into a polluted lunar landscape of industrial byproducts.

If foreign energy companies have their way, hundreds of thousands of acres of your watershed will be strip-mined to extract tar sands and oil shale, an immature hydrocarbon that requires massive inputs of water and energy to recover.

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