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2012-08-15. Scars on a Dry Land

posted Sep 27, 2012, 7:28 PM by Lisa Ou   [ updated Sep 27, 2012, 7:29 PM ]
| by David Gessner, OnEarth. An article relevant to GSS Climate Change chapter 8. Excerpt: ...I saw them: The first square of shaved land, devoid of all vegetation, that signaled another oil drilling site. Then another, and another. Earlier we had seen hundreds of them, both gas and oil, each trailing a squiggling tail, like a group of giant square tadpoles. The tails were roads, and those roads always connected to larger roads, like the new four-lane highway leading down to the Book Cliff divide, site of the U.S. Oil Sands Project, Utah’s very own tar sands. There were not as many roads or sites here, but it was stunning to see them in such a remote, beautiful place...“They used to say that the vegetation would eventually re-claim the sites,” said Steve Bloch, the energy program director for the wilderness alliance, through the headphones. “But scientists no longer think so. Not enough water.” [The oil drilling] scars were permanent then.... Read the full article: http://www.onearth.org/article/scars-on-a-dry-land