Bishop fails in bid to stop scenic-river bill

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  • to:KV
    July 18, 2008 7:48 p.m.

    Eastern politicians have been making policy and laws that affect the west and especially Utah for years. Did you know that the House recently passed a bill that potentially will have a devastating negative impact on one of the largest industries and sources for employment in UT? Bishop opposed the bill.

  • To Taunton
    July 18, 2008 2:47 p.m.

    As someone who lives in the northeast, I followed this debate with great interest. Bishop's actions certainly don't enable the LNG plant. It still has to clear the relevant environmental, regulatory and legal hurdles, even without this designation. Had his amendment been adopted, this process would have been merely allowed to go forward. The Mass delegation did an end run around existing environmental laws to engage in a suspect bid to block the LNG plant.

  • Wowzers
    July 18, 2008 2:43 p.m.

    Last I checked Rob Bishop was the Republican leader of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public land, the House Subcommittee with jurisdiction over these matters. Seems like his position on this subcommittee is sufficient justification for his actions, regardless of the area he represents in Congress.

    Having followed the debate, I saw no connection between his actions and those that the first writer purports. He was motivated out of a desire to protect the Wild and Scenic River Act from being used as a tool to designate an industrial river as Wild and Scenic, which it is neither of.

    To the first writer, why are you so enamored about using a federal law such as the wild and scenic act to block an LNG plant? Your motives are the ones which are suspect, not Congressman Bishop's.

    Read the Fall River Herald. With this designations hundreds of good paying jobs will go away. Whole industries will be forced to shut down. As a US taxpayer, I am interested because it will be my tax dollars which will be used to bail your community out of certain economic downturn.

  • kv
    July 18, 2008 11:06 a.m.

    What's Rob Bishop (my Rep.) doing sticking his nose into the affairs of another state? We'll know him for the hypocrite he is the next time he says that outsiders shouldn't be telling Utah what to do with their land - even though it's Federal Land.

  • Taunton River
    July 18, 2008 9:36 a.m.

    Rob Bishop has never been to Fall River. He has never seen the Taunton River. He does not know of what he speaks. There is no "McDonalds" visible from this river, the area is not covered in graffiti, and there are not gangs running rampant through the streets.

    Your representative has been lobbied by, and is doing business for the LNG industry. Research the "Western Business Roundtable" for one example of his involvement in this industry.

    This is disgraceful, and I would be outraged if this person was my representative in congress.

    Rep Bishop showed up in congress with photographs that were taken and disseminated by Hess/Weavers Cove LNG. These photos were inaccurate. More than 1/2 of the photograph he showed congress was not even part of the pending river legislation. Your representative misled congress by presenting the pictures as part of the debate.

    99% of all people in the Fall River area, including ALL politicians are FOR this wild and scenic river designation.

    Unrelated, but these people are also against the LNG project.

    It is a shame that a corrupt congressman such as yours has to argue against something like this for the benefit of an LNG company.