Today, the Utah Clean Infrastructure Coalition released Utah Oil Slick, a report outlining the misuse of $109 million in public funds for fossil fuel projects. The Rural Utah Project is a member of the Coalition.
Rural Utah communities are bearing the brunt of continued extraction, the degradation of wilderness, and the effects of climate change. The mineral tax reaped from that cycle was promised to rural towns in order to mitigate its effects and support community programs and infrastructure. Instead, that revenue is being pumped back into fossil fuel industries, and rural Utahns are left holding the bag.
This report was researched and written by Deeda Seed and Adair Kovac, in a joint effort with the Center for Biological Diversity, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, the Sierra Club, the Rural Utah Project, UPHE, HEAL Utah, the Utah Environmental Caucus, Utah Tar Sands Resistance, No Coal In Oakland, and No Coal In Richmond.
You can read and share the report here: bit.ly/oilslickreport.