21 protesters arrested at America’s first tar sands mine

Brian Ethridge

July 29, 2014

Tar Sands Mine21 protesters were arrested in Utah after they chained themselves to fences and equipment at a site set to be the first tar sands mine in the United States.

The 21 protesters were part of a group of around 80 protesters at the site. They are part of the Utah Tar Sands Resistance group.

The arrests were not easy for police and did become physical. The resistance group claims one protester was injured during the arrest after  sheriff’s deputies saw him filming the protest. Protesters also claim they were aggressively grabbed and thrown to the ground.

The Sheriff’s office says one deputy was punched in the head.

Calgary-based U.S. Oil Sands is set to open up the operation next year. It holds mining leases on 32,000 acres of the state’s public land. The mine is projected to generate 2000 barrels of oil a day.

“I understand people don’t agree with us,” U.S. Oil Sands chief executive Cameron Todd said. “We are determined to make this the most environmentally sound oil sands project anywhere.”

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