Jon Kovash http://upr.org en Federal Agencies Join With Watchdog Group To Scrutinize Pipeline http://upr.org/post/federal-agencies-join-watchdog-group-scrutinize-pipeline <p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:45:05 +0000 Jon Kovash 44471 at http://upr.org Federal Agencies Join With Watchdog Group To Scrutinize Pipeline Protestors Picket Moab BLM Over Oil And Gas Field http://upr.org/post/protestors-picket-moab-blm-over-oil-and-gas-field <p>A controversial oil and gas field along the approach to Dead Horse Point and Island in the Sky is getting more controversial. On Wednesday, about 30 protestors assembled with signs at the Moab’s BLM parking lot.</p><p>“We don’t want their oil and gas revenue money. And the only way we’re going to stop them is to continue that pressure is to be as vocal as we possibly can to anyone who is willing to listen,” one protestor said.</p><p>“And to go forth to the city council and the BLM and say wait a minute, what the hell’s going on?” another protestor said.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Jon Kovash 38484 at http://upr.org Protestors Picket Moab BLM Over Oil And Gas Field Tap Water For Oilfield Drilling Becomes An Issue In Moab http://upr.org/post/tap-water-oilfield-drilling-becomes-issue-moab <p>Due to citizen complaints, Heila Ershadi, a member of the Moab City Council, became aware that Moab’s two public water systems have been selling millions of gallons of culinary water to operators of oilfield tanker trucks. &nbsp;<br /><br />“Someone noticed the number of large trucks that were traveling down 500 West from a city operated station where there’s a filling station, and lots of trucks driving through this residential area. The concerns I have heard residents raise is that it’s too many trucks and that they drive quickly and recklessly down residential roads,”Ershadi said.<br /><br />Moab has seen a drilling boom in the last two years, and many more wells are planned. The water trucks, along with tandem dump trucks full of drilling sand, are also creating dramatic new traffic on local highways that access Canyonlands. Moab is just one of scores of towns across the West where city water is being sold for industrial uses, including drilling and fracking, and cities sometimes even drill new wells to supply the water. The driller of nine active oil and gas wells near Island in the Sky says the wells are not being fracked, saving water. But Ershadi said she fears that could change sooner than the city has imagined.<br /> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:52:40 +0000 Jon Kovash 36999 at http://upr.org Tap Water For Oilfield Drilling Becomes An Issue In Moab White Mesa Uranium Mill Accused Of Violating Radon Standards http://upr.org/post/white-mesa-uranium-mill-accused-violating-radon-standards <p></p><p>America’s last remaining uranium mill, located in Blanding, has been violating federal safety standards, a regional environmental group has charged in federal court.</p><p>The Grand Canyon Trust, which has long opposed uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, has filed its intent to sue in Utah Federal District Court. At issue is whether the White Mesa uranium mill is operating outside of the law and contaminating the area with high radiation and dust levels. Taylor McKinnon is the energy program director of the Trust.</p><p>"Agencies aren’t enforcing, and citizens need to. That’s what’s happening here. Utah isn’t doing its job, so we’re going to do that job.”</p><p>McKinnon says monitoring has established that federal standards for radon emissions have repeatedly been violated.</p><p>“We think these are pretty clear numerical violations. There’s not a lot of wiggle room. Based on monthly reports, those emissions have now exceeded the standard two years running,” he said.<br /> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Jon Kovash 36590 at http://upr.org White Mesa Uranium Mill Accused Of Violating Radon Standards New Low-power FM Stations Will Add To The Utah Radio Landscape http://upr.org/post/new-low-power-fm-stations-will-add-utah-radio-landscape <p>November was the deadline to apply to the Federal Communications Commission for a new round of low-power FM radio licenses. In Utah, there are 15 proposals for new stations.<br /><br />The deadline has just passed for a historic window to apply for low-power FM frequencies. As soon as next year, Salt Lake City and several small towns in Utah could have new non-profit radio stations up and running. Limited to 100-watt transmitters, these will be what are sometimes called “hyper-local” stations.</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Jon Kovash 34906 at http://upr.org New Low-power FM Stations Will Add To The Utah Radio Landscape Plan To Idle White Mesa Mill Sends Shockwaves Through Uranium Country http://upr.org/post/plan-idle-white-mesa-mill-sends-shockwaves-through-uranium-country <p>America’s last active uranium mill, near Blanding in San Juan County, announced plans to shut down for at least a year, beginning August 2014. It’s going to have a devastating effect on a would-be revival of uranium mining in the Four Corners.</p><p>The White Mesa Mill directly employs about 200 people in Blanding. Many more people, including suppliers and miners all across the region, depend on the mill.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 00:09:19 +0000 Jon Kovash 33703 at http://upr.org Plan To Idle White Mesa Mill Sends Shockwaves Through Uranium Country Five-year report card on Utah's 'street legal' ATVs http://upr.org/post/five-year-report-card-utahs-street-legal-atvs <p>Back in 2008 the Utah legislature launched a somewhat bold experiment: they created a new class of vehicle – the “street legal” off-highway vehicle. Five years later, the law remains mostly uncontroversial, but has had a big impact on the ATV rental and sales business. Jon Kovash reports from Moab, one of Utah’s ATV capitals.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:40:59 +0000 Jon Kovash 30243 at http://upr.org Five-year report card on Utah's 'street legal' ATVs Bishop and Chaffetz propose a "grand bargain" for public lands http://upr.org/post/bishop-and-chaffetz-propose-grand-bargain-public-lands <p>Two Utah congressmen say they are well on their way to forging a historic “grand bargain,” in which “the pie would be divvied up,” the pie being publicly owned lands in Eastern Utah.</p><p>Friday night, Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz were in Moab, halfway through a tour of Eastern Utah counties. They are promoting legislation they hope will eliminate the prospect of a Greater Canyonlands national monument, and pave the way for new development. Congressman Chaffetz addressed a large, mixed crowd that sported both “Sagebrush Rebel” T-shirts and “Protect Wild Utah” buttons.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 17:35:46 +0000 Jon Kovash 28861 at http://upr.org Bishop and Chaffetz propose a "grand bargain" for public lands Tar Sands opponents utilize the concept of civil disobedience http://upr.org/post/tar-sands-opponents-utilize-concept-civil-disobedience <p>The recent demonstration and blocking of a road at the site of a proposed tar sands mine in the Book Cliffs area is part of a wave of direct actions across the country. What they have in common is the willingness of protestors to get arrested.<br><br>Southeast Utah has become the front lines in the battle against Tar Sands mining and the Keystone Pipeline. Last month, as in dozens of places across the country, activists in Utah conducted a direct action training camp, which culminated in the Book Cliffs action on July 29th. Among the ranks was Emily Stock, a Moab resident who has been working with a group called Canyon Country Rising Tide.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 18:45:23 +0000 Jon Kovash 28763 at http://upr.org Tar Sands opponents utilize the concept of civil disobedience Moab uranium cleanup hits milestone http://upr.org/post/moab-uranium-cleanup-hits-milestone <div><p>The Moab uranium cleanup is meant primarily to allay the concerns of downriver users of Colorado River water. But will the river ever become pristine again alongside the tailings site? Jon Kovash reports.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 23:41:00 +0000 Jon Kovash 28426 at http://upr.org Moab uranium cleanup hits milestone