In response to a 2011 poll indicating that 9 out of 10 Kanab businesses did not want a coal gas plant built inside Kanab, the Taxpayer Association of Kane County decided to launch a full battle against the project. Raising almost $100,000, the Taxpayer Association launched a ballot initiative, three appeals, and two lawsuits to stop construction of the project. As a result of these legal actions, Jim Guthrie, the President of Viresco was unable to raise necessary investor dollars to move his project forward... and the Department of Energy cancelled the $2.4 million dollar grant that Viresco was to receive to construct the coal gas plant.
What makes this win particularly surprising (and unlikely) is that the Viresco Energy project was supported by US Senator Mike Bennett, Utah Governor Gary Herbert, State Representative Mike Noel, the Mayor of Kanab, and the US Department of Energy. Despite strong political pressure to build this coal gas plant in Kanab, the actions of local activists and the rallying of community support has finally succeeded in defeating this coal energy project.