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Letter: Protect Desolation Canyon

Published: Monday, April 9 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Utah is blessed with some of the greatest beauty anywhere on earth. I am amazed that this state still has wonderful, remote areas such as Desolation Canyon on the Green River. Thus it was a great disappointment to learn that the Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, has recently released an environmental analysis where the agency endorses a project that would threaten Desolation Canyon.

The Gasco project at the head of Desolation Canyon could result in permanent scars to one of this state's most beautiful and important wildlife regions. Even more perplexing is the fact that the BLM has endorsed a proposal that would severely damage Desolation Canyon wilderness when there is an alternative that would allow the project proponent to drill over a thousand natural gas wells in the area but keep development away from the sensitive canyon.

In the long run, we will be much better off having protected this remarkable treasure than squandering our land for the momentary gain of one company.

Jessica Salmon

Salt Lake City

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