Approximately 80 environmental protestors are attempting to halt construction of a strip mine being built in Uintah County.
The mine, located in the Book Cliffs, is reportedly on track to be the first tar sands mine in the United States.
Opponents to the project say nearly 80 acres of forest and sage land have been leveled in preparation for mine construction, which they call a devastating blow to the environment.
U.S. Oil Sands, a Canada-based mining corporation, has plans to build the mine on state lands leased from the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration. The mine, which is in early stages of construction, is scheduled to produce 2000 barrels of oil per day.