- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An environmental group is challenging a British energy company’s plans to process oil shale in the Uinta Basin.

Living Rivers of Moab has filed a protest of TomCo Energy’s permit with the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining.

The group says it’s concerned because the company’s plans involve an unproven technology to superheat eastern Utah’s oil shale.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1C2RrtQ ) “underground capsule technology” is among three active proposals aimed at extracting Utah’s bounty of a yet-to-be tapped resource.

TomCo seeks to mine 1,186 acres of school trust lands south of Vernal.

TomCo officials say the company is committed to putting the lands into production while protecting the environment.

State regulators say the viability of TomCo’s process has been demonstrated by another Utah oil shale developer.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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