State regulators are giving the go-ahead to what could be one of the largest oil shale mining operations in Utah by granting a permit for the company closest to getting the material out of the ground. Red Leaf Resources is proposing to begin large-scale oil shale extraction on close to 1,500 acres in the Uintah Basin and ship the extracted oil to customers in Utah, Wyoming and in the the Gulf Coast region.
The state Division of Oil, Gas and Mining approved the Delaware-based company's permit last week in a decision that has already been appealed by the environmental group Living Rivers. Board members will act on the appeal in June and can either uphold the division's decision or deny the permit. Deseret News