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But a recent Utah Department of Transportation study concluded that inadequate transportation infrastructure could cost producers $24 billion in lost revenue over the next decade.
A pipeline designed to accommodate waxy crude "helps solve a problem we have been dealing with for a number of years; the sooner they can have a solution on the table the better," Stewart said.
Learn more, comment on the proposed pipeline
The U.S. Forest Service is hosting two open houses on the proposed pipeline.
Feb. 19: Heber City, Wasatch High School, 6 to 8 p.m.
Feb. 20: Bountiful, Bountiful High School, 6 to 8 p.m.
Comments should be sent to Nelson Gonzalez-Sullow, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 857 W. South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, UT 84095-8594, or by email email@example.com.
The proposed alignment crosses mostly private land, but 14 miles are within the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It would originate near Myton and follow the Chevron line for its first 40 miles to Francis on the western edge of the Uinta Mountains. From there it would veer north, following Questar gas lines to Coalville, where it would turn west toward the Wasatch crest along the Kern River line and exit the mountains at Bountiful.
From there it would connect to the five refineries along Interstate 15 on the Davis-Salt Lake county line. As a common-carrier line, it would be available to all the refineries.
Tesoro operates Salt Lake City’s largest refinery with a 58,000-barrel-a-day capacity. It recently won approval to expand operations to handle growth in Uinta production.
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