As a former ranger and resident of the Canyonlands, I heartily concur. These
lands are all interconnected and in dire need of protection.
Developing natural resources in a responsible way is basic to the strength and
security of any nation. Just because there's a bit of temporary visual
inconvenience does not justify prohibiting resource development in SE Utah or
anywhere else. You may as well complain about the highways, campgrounds, and
tourist vehicles that are more visually disruptive than the small wells -- and
of course, you wouldn't prohibit them even though they will continue to
grow long after the wells are closed and gone.
Obama needs to designate Canyonlands as a national monument before it's too
late.By the way, plume is spelled P-L-U-M-E.
Actually, no one, pillaging these lands for filthy fuel is a finite source of
income while tourism is an infinite source. Tourism will always earn more than
dirty fuel. For once the dirty fuel is gone, then what? Where will you get your
jobs and precious source of income? Government clean up projects? Tourism? It
will still be here in 10, 100, and 1,000 years.As far as them being
low paying and seasonal, try telling that to those who lost billions in southern
Utah when Mike Lee selfishly shut down the government.Finally, want
to know what Utah needs? Utah needs long term energy planning. There's no
reason why surrounding states are producing 3-4 times as much wind and solar
energy as we are. We need politicians to stop drinking the dirty fuel Kool-aid
and stop allowing 19th century ideology to get in the way of progress. Low
information voters need to get their information from more reliable sources. The
Koch bros affiliated think tanks are proving to be woefully inadequate.Protect these lands. Develop green technology.
The sooner, the better! We need to protect Greater Canyons NOW!
"There is a better approach to protecting Utah tourism."There is more to Utah than tourism. The US needs energy independence and Utah
needs high-paying jobs. Jobs created through tourism are often seasonal and too