I'm always amazed when people move into a development; built next to an
industrial complex, and are surprised by noise, dust, and smells typical of...an
industrial complex. Who would have thought when you purchase a house near the
airport, that there'd be all those noisy planes? Folks that buy a house
next to a swamp (I'm sorry--a wetland area), only to complain that there is
a mosquito problem...AND SOMEBODY IN CHARGE NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!! If
you purchase a house next to an open-mining pit...there is a REASON the land
values were so inexpensive. That is about as dumb as building on sand &
gravel--next to a fault-line--because the lot offers a great view….
The look of Kennecott doesn´t bother me much, represents over 100 years of
Utah history and had a big part in building the state. The larger eyesore I
believe is the gravel pit off of Beck Street just north of SLC, nasty looking
scar. I don´t know if much value comes out of that mountainside and I
don´t know if much mining continues there....it should be reclaimed
(smoothed over and replanted).
A lipstick on a pig...
I visited my sister in Utah last August after being away for 16 years. I was so
disappointed and appalled at the state of the Rockies in Utah. Are you
demolishing them one by one? Kennecott was by far the most disgraceful sight! It
reminded me of an old mining village in Wales where they had let the slag heaps
pile up. It is indeed a very ugly sight. There was another one further down
South which was being destroyed to either make bricks or provide cement for
building I cant remember which one it was. Please stop destroying the beautiful
I am so happy to hear a reclamation project will occur. I know that it can be
done in an efficient manner so the dust is kept down and the mountains are
somewhat restored. It is something that certainly needs to be addressed. It has
always made me wonder where the naturalists were as the mountains were being
destroyed. I don't think I ever saw a demonstration take place by the
Sierra Club or the like. Each time I see another spot being decimated on the
west mountains it makes me upset. The destruction is moving further north on the
mountain now. The poor lovely mountains that used to be green and pleasant are
so brown and ugly now and I hope this project works out very well!
I look at the Kennecott pit from my home in Sandy and have wondered how many
years it will take for the Oquirrh Mountains to totally disappear. At least
there are plans to leave the hills that are left green.
“'In the long term, I think people will look back and be glad we did
this,; Kaiser said.”-------------------I certainly
**hope** that is the idea. Much better than people looking back and wishing for
the good'ol brown and dusty hills.