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What we are

Before it Starts: Keep Tar Sands and Oil Shale Mining out of he U.S.A. is a Project of Living Rivers. Living Rivers & Colorado Riverkeeper is a Utah non-profit corporation recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Living Rivers formed in 2000 to create public awareness and action toward restoring the biological integrity of the Colorado River, which is the most regulated river in the United States. BeforeItStarts < letter of acknowledgment (.pdf)

What we are doing

1) Stop the immediate threat of tar sands and oil shale mining in the United States–before it is too late.

2) Make such mining permanently illegal.

3) Keep climate change in the forefront of national conservation and energy conversations.

Our primary concern is anthropogenic climate change. But the climate crisis is the largest and most complicated challenge humans have ever faced, so our strategy is to play our part by focusing on this specific front–stopping tar sands/oil shale mining in the USA before they begin, and eventually outlawing the practice altogether–so that we can build the overall movement and provide the leadership for a significant and winnable battle, and keep these vast stores of fossil fuels safely in the ground.

So, while we are proactively engaging imminent threats to pristine areas, we’ll also be raising awareness among fellow activists and their organizations, and energizing various stakeholders; such as the 30 million water users downstream; tribal communities; tourism industry business people; wilderness enthusiasts; and many others.

And having fun while we do it.   Join us!


Before it Starts – Keep Tar Sands and Oil Shale Mining Out of the U.S.A.

PO Box 466

Moab, UT  84532

(385) 218-0933.

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Living Rivers & Colorado Riverkeeper

John Weisheit

PO Box 466

Moab, UT 84532

435-259-1063; 435-260-2590





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  1. [...] is  from Ashley Anderson, Utah anti-tar sands activist extraordinaire and co-founder of Beforeitstarts.org     Last Friday I had the opportunity to address a room full of eager tar sands and oil shale [...]

  2. Awesome site! This is such a cool way to organize information about a topic that is unfamiliar to almost everyone!!