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Letter: Utah should be wary of Tesoro building pipeline
First Published Mar 06 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Mar 07 2014 09:06 am

Utahns should be alarmed at the prospect of Tesoro building the Uinta Express Pipeline from Duchesne to North Salt Lake. A look at Tesoro’s business practices gives clear explanation that they are not interested in the air we breathe or the disasters they create with the refineries and pipelines they are responsible for here in Utah and other states.

Tesoro recently paid more than $1.1 million for violating the federal Clean Air Act by failing to properly monitor the production of gasoline at refineries in Utah and three other states ("Tesoro to pay $1.1 million for violation of clean-air rules," Tribune, May 30, 2013).

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Tesoro claims pipeline safety is its highest priority and it has state-of-the-art mechanisms for monitoring and leak detection. Why were these not used for the pipeline in North Dakota that leaked for 20,000-plus barrels of oil onto a wheat farmer’s land in September 2013?

The potential of Tesoro destroying our groundwater with its proposed Uinta Express Pipeline is sizable. The company’s history of irresponsibility and its blatant disregard for the environment confirms a great possibility of a disaster like the one last year in North Dakota.

Rita Larsh


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