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KPCW aired a live broadcast of the Project for a Deeper Understanding's community forum, exploring the science, logistics and concerns of the Tesoro oil pipeline slated to cross through Summit and Wasatch counties to a refinery in the Wasatch Front.

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  • Bob Richer, former Summit County Commissioner

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A seven-member panel will be on tap for a public forum to discuss the proposed Tesoro oil pipeline slated to run through Summit County, carrying an oily crude oil to the refineries in Salt Lake Valley. Leslie Thatcher has more.

Tesoro Sues County

Jul 23, 2014

The Tesoro Pipeline Company has filed a federal lawsuit against Summit County, seeking to nullify the ordinances the county passed in June, attempting to regulate pipeline construction.

The lawsuit filed this week claims the county's new laws intend to impede or prevent Tesoro's proposed pipeline, and it says the ordinances are preempted by federal regulations. Rick Brough has more.

Summit County Council member David Ure says that he and his colleagues are hoping they can get the planned alignment of the Tesoro oil pipeline moved away from the river corridor in the east county.

Ure says that plan could impact everything from his Kamas Valley community to the Wasatch Front. Rick Brough has more.

NEW CASTLE, CO (AP) - An Associated Press review finds many new oil and gas wells near fragile areas aren't getting any federal inspection from an agency that's having a tough time keeping pace with America's drilling boom.

Government data obtained byt eh AP point to the Bureau of Land Management as so overwhelmed by a boom in a new drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that is has been unable to keep up with inspections of some of the highest priority wells.

Summit County's Manager and his staff are looking for ways to create a beefed-up county ordinance governing pipelines while the Tesoro company is proposing a pipe from the Uintah Basin running through the county.

But that meant the staff were burning the midnight oil Wednesday night to meet a deadline. Rick Brough has more.

Traffic was clogged this morning on Interstate 80, between Parley's Summit and Lamb's Canyon, due to a rear-end collision between two semi-trailers that spilled thousands of gallons of oil.

The Utah Highway Patrol says that traffic was down to one lane until about 1 p.m. and some partial closures occurred after that to clean up the oil. Rick Brough has more.

Some major water suppliers on the Wasatch, including the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, are concerned the proposed Tesoro oil pipeline could pose catastrophic risks, since the line will be routed along river corridors like the Weber River.

Scott Paxman, assistant general manager of the Weber District, is convinced the pipeline will happen; they just have to make sure the line is as safe as possible. Rick Brough has more.

Because of a snafu, Summit County residents now have until April 21 to submit comments on the proposed Tesoro oil pipeline, which would run fromn the Uintah Basin, through Summit, to refineries in Salt Lake. Rick Brough has more.

The deadline to submit comments to the U.S. Forest Service on the proposed Tesoro pipeline is this Monday, March 17th.  Given that, the  Summit County Council Wednesday reviewed their concerns and comments, and directed their staff to pass those on to the Feds.

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