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Last Rush for the Wild West exposes how impending tar sands and oil shale mining would destroy massive, pristine landscapes in Utah and put the already imperiled Colorado River watershed at risk. It would jeopardize drinking water quality and quantity for thirty-six million people downstream. It would increase air pollution in Salt Lake City, where air quality is already the worst in the Nation. The health risks are staggering.
The State of Utah approved America's precedent setting commercial tar sands mine at PR Spring despite catastrophic impacts to human health caused by tar sands mining in Alberta, Canada. Utah did not require any studies that would indicate whether area groundwater is safe from the inevitable pollution, nor did the state require water quality monitoring of springs near the site.
This film asserts that the risks are not worth it, while refuting claims that tar sands and oil shale mining would create better economic conditions and lead our nation toward energy independence. American taxpayers are already subsidizing the foreign corporation pursuing the project, with millions of dollars in public funds being spent to construct the road to access the site.
Last Rush for the Wild West highlights a resolute contingent of local Utah citizens, and wise indigenous leaders from tar sands impacted communities Canada, as they encourage American taxpayers and voters to stand up with them and reject this impending disaster. Last Rush for the Wild West presents Americans with a rare opportunity to activate for a critical environmental cause before it's too late.
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