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Tesoro exploring alternative route

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David Burger – The Park Record

Tesoro Refining & Marketing, bowing to feedback from Summit County officials and stakeholders such as water purveyors and landowners, is exploring the possibility of altering the route of the proposed Uinta Express Pipeline considerably.

Michael Gebhardt, vice president of strategy and business development for Tesoro, said Thursday in a phone interview with The Park Record that the oil company is investigating an alternate route that would be well east of the originally proposed pipeline route.

The variation on the pipeline’s originally intended route would place the pipeline far east of the Rockport Reservoir and, significantly, through a less densely populated area of the county. “That is one attraction,” Gebhardt said.

Tesoro has historically trucked unrefined waxy crude oil from sites in the Uinta Basin to the Salt Lake City refinery. The company is proposing to build a 135-mile-long, heated pipeline, called the Uinta Express Pipeline, to transport about 60,000 barrels of waxy crude per day. It is slated to enter Summit County near Woodland, travel west through Francis, and then turn northward, bisecting the Kamas Valley. (…)

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