The land is everyones, and I as a tax paying, law-abiding citizen don't
have any problem with responsible development for oil and gas on public lands.
It is not like they are going to be running a pipeline right through the middle
of Delicate Arch or even through the National Park land. Pipelines are usually
run along roads or through other areas that are not considered pristine and the
BLM is involved in siting those lines. In areas where it is necessary to cross
sensitive areas, the pipelines are bored underground rather than dig a trench.
People just need to relax on the pipeline thing. It is a lot better for the
environment to transport oil through a pipeline than to have trucks hauling oil
driving back and forth to each wellpad.
Dear 'itsjustme' - Let's please lose the "east coast
environmentalists" argument. It's simply not true and therefore shrinks
your credibility to zero. In addition, it just feeds into the "me vs
them" frame. These issues deserve a more honest conversation. Besides, there
are thousands upon thousands of Utahns - some natives and some transplants - who
view this amazing landscape through the long term lens, unlike some who only see
it for immediate short term profits. And it's regardless how long I or
anyone else has lived in Utah. These are public lands, owned equally by the
lifelong Utahn or the person in NYC. It's not "our" land as in
Utahns' and never has been and never will be. It's everyone's,
which is the way it should stay.
@byronbcaThis article is not about oil. Did you read the article?
I don't think it's a good idea to permanently scar one of the most
beautiful and delicate landscapes in the world for oil. Most places in the world
can handle oil extraction with minimal damage to the landscape, Moab is not one
of those places. Because Cryptoboitic Soil takes so long to grow every hole they
dig and every road they build will be clearly visible for at least the next 200
years.There are other places in Utah to extract oil, go somewhere
else! Someplace not right next to a National Park and a Mecca for outdoor
itsjustme"Seems only fair to me that if we in Utah are required
to set-aside even more of our land...."It's not
What are you talking about? Canal Street isn't adjacent to national parks
and prime recreation lands. And it ain't New Yorkers that use them most.
It's mostly locals, like any place.You ought to know, since you
are from Vernal, that enviros and recreationists pretty much gave the industry a
free pass to rape and pillage the Uintah Basin, which they did; you'd have
to be insane to try to recreate there now. The deal was always that Moab was off
limits and critical to Utah's valuable recreation industry. But now--big
surprise!--politicians and the oil and gas industry conveniently forgot that
part.People like you will not be satisfied until you get everything
and leave absolutely nothing for everybody else. And for what? Is gas any
cheaper now that the USA is the largest exporter in the world? No. Again, big surprise.
I say if the East-coast environmentalists want yet another land set-aside in the
West, with the creation of the Greater Canyonlands National Monument, then they
need to push to have all the land south of Canal Street in New York City
returned to its natural state. Then they can push for an Eastern US National
Monument in their back yard.Seems only fair to me that if we in Utah
are required to set-aside even more of our land, it's the least they can do
in their part of the country.