Hatch believes Utah's Resources Could Be Used for Oil Production

Hatch believes Utah's Resources Could Be Used for Oil Production

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Senator Orrin Hatch believes Utah's resources may help some of the nation's energy cost dilemmas.

Hatch says that tar sand and oil shale resources in Utah could be used for oil production.

The senator says there is more recoverable oil in Utah and Colorado than in the Middle East. He says Utah get 25 percent of its oil from Canada tar sands, even though Utah has a larger tar sands resource that until now has remained undeveloped.

Hatch says Utah's energy future is also promising because of an estimated one-point-five to three (T)trillion barrels of oil that is recoverable in Utah.

However, the Sierra Club thinks Utah's oil resources are less lucrative. In June, they issued a report criticizing the use of six (M)million acres of redrock wilderness for oil and gas exploration. Sierra Club officials say even if Utah found all the oil they thought they would, it would only be three weeks of our national demand. However, the wilderness is a treasure that people come from all over the world to see.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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