It intends to search for minerals in Yellow Fork
Kennecott has every right to develope the mineral. Your mayor has the right to
fight them in court but he will loose and waste the tax payers money but that is
what most uninformed polititions do. If the county was so concerned they should
have filed claims on it. I for one am thankful for Kennecott they have pumped
Billions of dollar in to Utah's Ecconomy and provided some of the highest paying
jobs in the state for over 100 years. They provide products that are
desperately needed by this contry and the world. There is more case law on this
subject (Stock Raising Homested and mineral developement) Sujest the mayor read
some of it and find out how off base he is. As for damages ceated
by Kennocott it is true that water quality has been effected by the mining. But
please do not forget that there was a govener of this fine state that was
willing to make a deal for less than one percent of the actual cost to deal with
this problem. Everyone likes the products that mining produces but
no one wants the mine in there back yard.
Everyone needs to know that the US still operates under outdated 19th century
laws that hand public wealth over to narrow private interests at additional
costs to health and the environment that we now understand better than two
centuries ago.Get congress to change those laws!
Water, copper, iron, etc are all resources that people use. Many gain employment
by the development and use of these resources. I have never heard that copper is
a requirement for life (trace amounts maybe for humans). However; water is a
requirement for all life! Nobody got excited about finding iron on Mars, but
water, well ...Kennecott is well aware of the damage to the ground water
that their leaching and other mining practices have caused. They paid for the
study. I too like having a job and my father worked for Kennecott and our family
reaped the benefits of that employment. But, the impact on the large amount of
good, clean, drinkable ground water that mining in Yellow Canyon could have
needs to be evaluated. Would you prefer that we just roll the dice and take our
chances? I don't and I don't believe that Kennecott does either. Maybe a study
has already been done or Kennecott can modify their mining practices? I would
like to know.Finally, lets just discuss the pros and cons and have a
reasonable discussion. I never called Kennecott evil, those where your words
Geologist. Where did you come up with that?
Be done with it and strip mine the entire state??
The Thousands and Thousands of us that enjoy that nice breeze coming through
Rose/Herriman Canyon will absolutely, positively be subject to down wind
particle polution from Kennecott. The nice clear breeze WILL BE replaced with
particulate matter in the air. I can't believe anybody other than greedy
Kennecott would let this happen. This will affect the oldest of residents to
our little babies for years and years!!!
Everyone complains about mining, but Kennecott produces materials that you use
everyday. They even produce materials that are used in the computer you used to
post a comment about how evil Kennecott is for mining!
Personally I'd rather have people with jobs and food on their families tables
than pretty mountains. I hope it works out and more people are employed.
Writing a headline so that it is informative and unambiguous is an inexact art.
My first thought on reading "Kennecott eyes land in canyon" was "Whose eyes
landed in the canyon, and how did they get knocked out in the first place?"
Reminds me of the joke, "She rolled her eyes at me ... so I picked them up
and rolled them right back."
If people don't like the laws under which Kennecott and other mining companies
legally operate, they should do everything they can to have the laws changed.
Complaining to each other online won't accomplish a darned thing other than
giving them the illusion they're doing something!
I don't work for Kennecott but I'm in favor of people having jobs and America
having industry. You can't continue to be an advanced society and great country
by following the recommendations of environmentalists. If we don't harvest
minerals in our country and create jobs, then others like China will and they
don't have the environmental conscience and laws that we do.
The communities in the SW corner of the valley have had multiple wells poisoned
by Kennecotts previous practices. There is a large fault around Butterfield
canyon that has isolated this water damage to north of the fault. Do we really
want to jeopardize the water quality south of the fault by allowing mining in
Yellow Fork canyon?
Once again Utah doesn't know what they have. Why would they allow a mining
company to "rape" the canyons. In 50 years people will lament this day.
Kennecott Copper has already stripped the Oquirrh mountains on the west of the
valley until they're ghastly to look upon. They have removed actual mountains
already and leave dead dirt for us to see. I have often wondered
where the Sierra Club is or some other environmental group. Why haven't we seen
large protests against what is happening to the landscape?The
Oquirrh mountains were beautiful and they have been destroyed by ugliness. Do
our officials turn a blind eye because of the money Kennecott pours into the
If we're crying over Kennecott doing what they do, and doing it legally, then
why are we not crying over the heavy population growth in that part of the
valley? Why am I not crying that it now costs $6 for a 3-day use permit in AF
Canyon? Because I realize that growth means that I just need to go further away
to experience the same solitude that existed in the depressed 1980s Utah. So
get a clue and go a little further away to find that solitude, it certainly
The posters have good points but Kennecott knows what it is doing, you cannot
buy mineral rights you can only mine them. The law would have to be changed by
congress to stop Kennecott.
Go to the top of Butterfield Canyon where the road goes down into Tooele. The
view from there is incredible as well as at the mine overlook. The untouched
land to the south of Butterfield is some of the most spectaular in the state and
close to residents of Salt Lake and Tooele. Kennecott ought to keep it that
way. Why didn't the County buy the mineral rights when they bought
Yes, Kennecott is getting too greedy. They have somehow accuired the complete
northern range of the Oquires and closed off many canyons that were once open
for public use. The canyons and old cities on the west sides have been gobbled
up by kennecot and no longer accesible for public use. Citizens have more right
to public land as does kennecot to file claims on land they are not even mining.
Citizens are all but shut out of any canyons and camping that once existed in
Parleys canyon and the Oquirrhs is the last place to go picknicing or camping.
Or does kennecott have other plans for these canyons, like developement and
other uses besides mining? They have been considering selling and developing
land along the bingham highway but this should not happen. If they acquired land
for mining and don't wish to mine it anymore the land should be given back to
the BLM, not cities or counties, as public land. Mineral rights does not give
them developement rights as owners of the land they leased from the BLM. This
should hold true for any land the BLM has leased for mining and/or mineral
removal or oil wells.
Why not? Either a mining op. or a wall mart. It would be a subdivision