The Little Jersey Turnpike, Pacing Cars, Fouling the Water | Hits & Misses | Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Weekly

The Little Jersey Turnpike, Pacing Cars, Fouling the Water 

Pin It

The Little Jersey Turnpike
A fire erupted Oct. 21 at the Tesoro oil refinery in Woods Cross, and while nobody at the

refinery was injured, this was the third fire in three months at a Tesoro-owned refinery in the United States. Now, federal officials are investigating the fire for similarities to a fire four years ago at a BP America plant in Texas that killed 15 workers. John Bresland, chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, says, in a news release, that even after significant safety measures were put in place after the BP disaster, “there continues to be a disturbing number of fires, explosions, and releases at the nation’s refineries.” While no private corporation is happy about a federal probe of its operations, one this close to light rail, multiple interstates, and the cities in south Davis County had best be prepared to suck it up.

Pacing Cars

Faster may not always be better, but along a 25-mile rural stretch of Interstate 15 between Scipio and
Fillmore, an 80-mph speed limit is making drivers happy, not less safe. In 2008, the speed limit was increased on the freeway stretch where most driv- AM ers were already topping 80 mph. While drivers have not slowed down, most of them are staying under 85 mph. The Utah Department of Transportation says the speed bump actually made the stretch safer because almost everyone is moving at the same speed. And as anyone who has driven that stretch of road can attest, a faster legal speed is not a bad thing.

Fouling the Water

A lot of criticism can be leveled at Nevada for its water grab in Utah’s Snake Valley, and a draft agreement
with some concessions to Utah still has many problems. However, the Utah Democrats have launched an attack on the state’s Republican leaders for the deal, essentially ignoring the past five years of work by people like Gov. Gary Herbert on behalf of the ranchers in the remote Western valley. If the Democrats really want to blame somebody, they should look to one of their own: Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid, who has used his congressional power to push forward the pipeline to Las Vegas. Locals and activists even refer to this pipeline as the “Harry Reid Legacy Pipeline.” It may seem odd to give Utah Republicans credit for protecting the environment instead of the Sierra Club-endorsed Reid, but in this case, it’s appropriate.

Pin It

Speaking of...

About The Author

Josh Loftin

Josh Loftin: Twitter | Facebook | News Blog

More by Josh Loftin

Latest in Hits & Misses

  • Feeling Salty

    More development plans around the Great Salt Lake raise eyebrows. One LDS church member sends a message to others. Plus, more mixed messages coming from the LDS church.
    • Aug 21, 2019
  • Fraud Gets a Pass?

    The implications of parents filling out their missionary kids' ballots. Plus, how UTA figures to muck it up again.
    • Aug 14, 2019
  • The Billboard Race

    Billboards and their influence in the Salt Lake mayoral race. Let's focus on consequences for teens. Plus, the varied path to educational success after high school.
    • Aug 7, 2019
  • More »


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • High Anxiety

    A new study suggests link between altitude and high teen suicide rates, coal is still king in Utah, for now, and an unhappy former mayor.
    • Jul 4, 2018
  • Dear Jon

    A letter to Jon Huntsman Jr., more kids means fewer taxes in Utah and some perspective on the inland port debate.
    • Jul 25, 2018

© 2019 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation