If you can spare 4 minutes to educate yourself and save your lungs, please watch
I'm the pilot in the blue/yellow hang glider. Not sure why, but this story
completely missed the big issue. While the flying community stands to lose their
world class playground, most of us live right near the park... and we are
concerned as residents and land owners more than as pilots.The dust
that comes out of the Geneva Rock pits when it is windy contains Silica, which
is EXTREMELY unhealthy to inhale on a regular basis. Dust blows all across the
valley when it's windy... and it's pretty much always windy at Point
of the Mountain.Even more importantly, Geneva is preparing to take a
HUGE area of the center of the mountain, destroying the Draper skyline (visible
all the way from downtown SLC), and releasing a LOT more silica dust into the
air because of the location of the mining- above skyline where it is always
How much money does that gravel pit bring into the economy? Think of all the
jobs created by the mining operation and the industries it serves. It has to be
10's of millions a year. Now think of the amount amount the hang gliders
bring to the economy, maybe 10's of thousands. The answer is obvious. Let
the hang gliders find another cliff to jump off.
Money talks. And, it better be private money, not tax money, if anyone wants to
buy this for the flyers.
Work out a land swap. That is a terrible location for mining activities.
If these guys want to get together and buy the land, then I'm all for
preserving it for flying. Otherwise, I don't see how they have a case.
BTW, my cousin got into a stall, fell about 300 feet and was almost killed on
that mountain. However, if people love it, great. However, they need to raise
the money and buy the place. They can't expect Geneva Rock to continue to
subsidize their recreation forever.
Utah is always looking for ways to attract more tourists. We have the best snow
AND the best wind, what a combination and selling point.Lets offer
the gravel company a fair price and make the land public.
Rather than ask for government to intervene, why not fundraise amongst the users
of the area.