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Published: Thursday, July 29 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Weren't you told Obama had stopped drilling by the same people who told you Obama was going to take your guns?


the inportant hting is people are going to work together for all. that the our country should be. this is a clean energy.


"Steve Bloch, a staff lawyer for the wilderness group, said the lands were as dramatic as Arizona's Grand Canyon.

"It's a remarkable, awe-inspiring landscape," Bloch said. "The compromise was hard fought, but we're pleased we found a partner in Bill Barrett Corp. to protect this special place."

A good example of what can be done when people work together. I think things can work, we can have concern for the environment and permit development in appropriate places and with poroper protection and management and compromise.

Now it comes to the BLM to properly manage and see that things go as planned.


This is a big change from the notion that they had to be allowed to drill everywhere and build access roads and pipelines no matter what the impact on wildlife and wilderness values. Negotiation and compromise is the way to go!

Anti Government

Did anyone notice that "comprimise" ENTIRELY consists of energy companies giving into "environmental groups" demands?

Would anyone else really call this comprimise.

Our government is bought and paid for AND run by environmental extremists so this is really no surprise.

Their way or not at all...that pretty much sums it up.

It is absolutely absurd how much power these wingnuts have been given by politicians that they bribe with millions of campaign donations.

Now after the agreement is reached there will still be likely 10s of millions if not more of environmental impact studies and provisions/hurdles that still have to be met.

All of it of course raising the prices of energy that YOU have to pay for.

Some people have trouble connecting the dots...but it is always about the money. Primarily extracting as much money from you as possible.

You of course were aware that our current idiot in the whitehouse masquerading as a president is on the record stating that he WANTS "...dramatically higher energy prices"....right?

Yes, he has lots of great plans for what he can do with your money!!!


I think that art in the pictures is some of the stuff my friend drew in the 1980's at 9 mile. What a laugher. Its even in some text books as "ancient"

Thomas Jefferson

Tin foil hats for sale. Im looking at you anti. Yours must have lost its effectiveness.


Anti Government... since the environmental groups would probably like to see no drilling, I'd call the fact that they met halfway in between the exact definition of "compromise".

"but it is always about the money"... yeah, wouldn't drill at all costs be the same thing? All about lowering the cost of energy (money) at the expense of anything else? I guess the environment has no value to anyone.

As far as campaign "donations" go, I think you have it backwards as to who has more money involved there.


"Did anyone notice that "compromise" ENTIRELY consists of energy companies giving into "environmental groups" demands?"

These groups are groups of Americans who what a say in the use of "public" lands that belong to them and not the oil companies. Is stealing a conservative value?


Well shucks, this article doesn't give me anyone to demonize at all--not even Obama! NOW what am I going to stew about when I head back to the bunker?


I'm glad it's going forward. It's past time to get this project going.


Nobody cares about the "environment", we're talking about survival here. And who elected SUWA to represent my interests? Who appointed them as relevant to anything in Utah? SUWA is the problem!


I'm morbidly entertained by the clear dust damage to the primary photo in the gallery. The hunter panel doesn't look too bad at this point, but the panel in the shot with the trucks clearly shows dust damage from the heavy traffic already frequenting those roads. I can guarantee they're not going to fully mitigate the damages from dust no matter what Barret and others say. Also, you notice there weren't any direct quotations from the Nine Mile Coalition or others--just hurrays from those who stand to profit. Ugh. We knew it was coming, but it's still disappointing to see an archaeological treasure known all over the world being put at risk. Still, the smaller number of pads is better than it could have been.


Well, the hunting panel has been pressure cleaned a few times by some "enthusiastic" employees, so it should look clean. Damaged, maybe, but clean.

It will be interesting to know if the amount of truck traffic changes as a result of this. That, of course, will reduce the amount of dust in the canyon. And it will be interesting to see if BLM keeps up with checking on what is happening.


tq2: the SUWA is made up of citizens with every right to a civic voice that you have.

It's really quite amazing that business and environmental groups reach a mutually-satisfying agreement on this issue, and yet some people are so addicted to antagonism and anger that they insist on stamping their feet and demonizing.


These striking photos show what we have to lose if things don’t go well. Utah has some priceless heritage to care for.


Glad this project is finally moving forward but it's kind of too bad that those who so vehemently oppose it will also benefit from it.

Andrew J. Marksen

This is not over. Despite ANY agreement this will end up incourt thanks to the environmental movement that would strip every last one of us of our freedoms and rights in the name of environmental justice. There can be no true compromise with any environmental group. This article clearly brings to light the tactics used by SUWA and their ilk. Notice they gave nothing up? What were they parting with? What possesion did the put on the table? You can not bargain with these people. This whole project will be held up at some point by a lawsuit.



You forgot to blame Obama!


Hanksboy and Marksen,

SUWA wanted protections for air, land, water and cultural resources, which is also what the people of Utah, and the world for that matter, should want.

Look at the photos to see what we would give up if protections weren’t demanded. Do you understand that these ancient rock recordings are one-of-a-kind, and never to be created again by the ancients? Our descendants would be aghast at us if we allowed them to be destroyed.

Bill Barrett Corp. wants to drill for oil and gas for temporary profit. SUWA wants to protect our priceless heritage forever. They compromised. Be glad.

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