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Published: Sunday, Aug. 3 2014 8:43 a.m. MDT

Updated: Sunday, Aug. 3 2014 8:43 a.m. MDT

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K.Call
Moab, UT

"Environmental Protection Laws seem to supersede all other laws. It stands to reason that with such laws on the books it’s not going to matter if all the stakeholders in Utah agree on a lands initiative or not because the initiative can just be ignored by using a environmental protection law to circumvent it.
As long as the environmental laws are on the books the “Grand Bargain” will not be worth the paper it is written on. The Bishop land initiative needs to overturn the legacy of environmental protection laws. Without these laws being overturned rural Utah will never get out from under environmentalism and the federal governments control." The Petroglyph, Aug. 1, 2014

K.Call
Moab, UT

"Environmental Protection Laws seem to supersede all other laws. It stands to reason that with such laws on the books it’s not going to matter if all the stakeholders in Utah agree on a lands initiative or not because the initiative can just be ignored by using a environmental protection law to circumvent it.
As long as the environmental laws are on the books the “Grand Bargain” will not be worth the paper it is written on. The Bishop land initiative needs to overturn the legacy of environmental protection laws. Without these laws being overturned rural Utah will never get out from under environmentalism and the federal governments control." Petroglyph, Aug.1,2014

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

We do not need the everyone gets a trail in massive ATV anywhere policy.

stevo123
slc, ut

It would be nice to put this issue to bed. This effort has to be, IMHO, Rob Bishop's finest accomplishment in Congress.

Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

There is a huge deficit of "public lands" in the eastern half of the U.S. It is time to start using eminent domain in the "Hamptons" and other areas best suited to public rather than private use!

Atlas Smashed
Santa Monica, CA

Leave it in the hands of the Feds.

They know what's best. Far better than short sighted and bought off local leaders.

I sadly have seen this first hand in my state. The buying and selling of beautiful federal land to greedy land developers and oil extractors.

Spangs
Salt Lake City, UT

Nice quote, K.Call.
Excellent summation of what I am sure many Utahns believe.
Unfortunate. The great irony of the Feds or east coast legislators enforcing environmental laws in places like Utah is, alas, to protect us from ourselves. Sometimes those that live right in the middle of such a wonderful landscape don't really realize how special it is, or how important it is not to destroy it.

I truly wish we as Utahns were mature enough to manage our own public lands. But as evidenced by the above quotation from the Petroglyph, we as a community are clearly not.

one old man
Ogden, UT

If Rob Bishop's thumbprint is on it, we need to proceed with EXTREME caution.

liberal larry
salt lake City, utah

Let's try an alternative headline:

"Rob Bishop carries water for petroleum, mining, and corporate ranching interests, in public land "dispute".

The wild lands of Utah's great grandchildren are too valuable to entrust to special interest corporations.

Its best to leave Utah lands wild for now and let future generations decide how to use them!

FreedomFighter41
Provo, UT

I second old man:

If Bought off Bishop is for it, then Utahns should be against it.

Essentially, if our delegation is for it... Then Utahns should be against it. All our delegation cares about is money from special interest groups.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

I can't wait until I can ride my ATV to the top of Timp, Kings Peak, Mt Olympus, all over the Grand Canyon, all over Canyonlands and Arches. Delicate Arch is only sort of pretty. Once I can ride my ATV all over that basin next to Delicate Arch, then it will be so much better.
Plus running over wildflowers is awesome too.

K.Call
Moab, UT

Utah has been widely recognized as one of the best managed states in the union. We can manage our own lands.....we have proven it. What we need is less federal oversight - by the EPA and others - and a return of our lands to the state. Our arguments should be our own, as should be our land.

silo
Sandy, UT

"....a return of our lands to the state"

@KCall

Utah has no lands waiting to be returned. The people of the United States collectively own land that happens to be within Utah's state boundaries. If the State of Utah would like to put together an offer to purchase some/all of that land, we the people of the US would entertain that offer, but are not obligated in any way to sell to you based on your envy of our property.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

K.Call
Moab, UT
Utah has been widely recognized as one of the best managed states in the union. We can manage our own lands.....we have proven it.

So why did the the Rest of America have to foot the bill to clean a "super site" in your town? Couldn't the state manage that? Why didn't that Good Steward clean up after themselves?

Pick a county in Utah and you'll find simular.

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