I'm sorry, but previous commenters are avoiding reality. We have the
technological means of eliminating fossil fuels and their consequent public
perils (obtained for private profit). We have already sacrificed the Uintah
basin to this ancient, destructive and now worthless energy source. Why blight
the rest of Utah with the same pollution, social problems, and medical crises?
So foreign corporations can laugh all the way to the bank and leave us with a
devastated, industrialized landscape? Hardly a fair trade. Give up fossil fuels?
I sure will, just as soon as there are reasonable alternatives. There are more
daily despite the last, dying gasps of the fossil fuel industry fighting for its
filthy life. It's time to look to the future, Utah! If we're really
conservative, let's conserve the land we've been blessed with and get
the drillers and diggers out permanently!
Anything too close to water sources should be restricted, and in general,
I'm happy to make the process a controlled one. However, when people think
of these parks, they need to realize that VAST portions of them are barely seen,
much less visited, by anyone. It isn't like we want drilling along major
hikes, monuments and vistas. If the environmental lobby would prioritize better
instead of throwing blanket tantrums about drilling, they would make more of a
difference.Our friends out east think that "federal land" is
some magical, permanently off-limits thing. It was never intended to be so...the
land belongs to the people, and more and more of it should be ceded to
individuals and controlled by the people who live on that land, not politicians
and corporations from afar. Go read up on the reasons for obtaining land like
Alaska (it wasn't to invest in a nature preserve). I agree with responsible
land use, but simply saying every bit of useful land if off-limits is not a
Just like Goldilocks, the environmental fringe types will never find a place to
drill that is "just right." Every site proposed will be "too
big" or "too small" or "too wild" or "too remote" or
"too scenic."Juts ask these unhappy folks to disconnect from
all polluting services forever- electricity, gas lines, water, sewer, etc. Let
them lead by example to enjoy without the natural resources they want to keep
from being used for mankind's benefit.