To all the "small government" types out there: This is how things end
when there is too LITTLE regulation. It doesn't matter if it's
banking, bridge building or food processing. We deregulate at our own risk.
Last paragraph 'the state would have to reclaim the area to return it to
it's pristine state'. This is what the legislators and their
industrial masters want to do to all Utah's public lands. And then make us
pay to clean it up.
TO Mark B in Eureka, CA. This was hardly an example of small
government botching something. The mining industry is a challenging
industry, has more oversight than any other business I can think of. And it was
the federal government that had taken over when there was the accident trying to
save the miners. Choose another subject to try to make the
'small government' argument. Maybe it will work in some of the
regulated areas in your state. I'm trying to think of one. Can you?