BLM tries to balance gas, art

9 Mile Canyon study looks at plan for 800 more gas wells

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  • JLee
    Feb. 5, 2008 2:48 p.m.

    Perhaps one of the most frustrating issues with Nine Mile Canyon is that at least two alternative routes exist that would bypass the canyon -or at the very least minimize the industrial presence. Even though industry has either created or substantially improved nearly 200 miles of road to reach their fields on the plateau, they seem unwilling to consider simply improving an additional 3 to 5 miles in Trail Canyon that would basically give industry its own access into the area. This would allow the majority of industrial traffic to cut across Nine Mile Canyon instead of having to drive through it. In addition, the BLM and local Counties seem unwilling to enforce it. If industry were forced to use an alternative route, the preservation of Nine Mile Canyon wouldnt be nearly the issue it is today, there would be no need to pave the road, the safety of the thousand of tourists who visit the canyon each year wouldnt be compromised, and millions of tax-payer dollars could be saved.

  • mather
    Feb. 5, 2008 11:18 a.m.

    The BLM is tipped so far towards accomodating Bill Barrett and all extractive industries, that it does a grave injustice to use the word "balance". Trapeze artists from around the world should be offended at being compared to the BLM under Bush.

  • Dave's friend
    Feb. 5, 2008 8:55 a.m.

    An empty comment by Dave. Are you going to stick with that concept when we find natural gas under the Salt Lake Temple?

  • Dave
    Feb. 5, 2008 7:57 a.m.

    It's easy to stop anymore drilling for natural gas, just stop using natural gas. When we use a comodity we are demanding that it be produced.