Protesters converge on Utah oil-sands pit

Jul 29 2013 - 4:40pm

VERNAL  -- More than 50 protesters are taking credit for shutting down an oil sands operation in eastern Utah, but officials beg to differ.

Some hung banners from heavy equipment, while others say they locked themselves to machinery.

Authorities say nobody was working the tar sands pit and that the protesters managed only to chase away a road crew.

No arrests were made. Uintah County Undersheriff John Laursen says one protester locked himself to machinery with handcuffs, but others were attaching themselves with Duct tape.

U.S. Oil Sands Inc. says it doesn't plan to get started digging into a 62-acre pit until next year.

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