Agreement reached on Nine Mile Canyon drilling

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  • Richard
    Dec. 23, 2009 3:39 p.m.

    I remember going to nine mile canyon when I was a young scout. It was one of the neatest places I've been. Is it really possible to allow drilling without ever destroying the natural beauty of the canyon?

  • pave the road
    Dec. 23, 2009 3:17 p.m.

    I drove the canyon once, and it took an entire day. It's not worth it.

    The way to preserve something is make it valuable to all. Paving the road would make it an asset to oil exploration, the artwork, and most importantly, the public.

  • @Davis
    Dec. 23, 2009 1:10 p.m.

    Davis, it's comments like yours that keep preservationists motivated - thank you!

  • Oil Dog
    Dec. 23, 2009 1:09 p.m.

    Dynamite that grafitti out of the way, Turn that desolate wasteland into a honecomb, and reap the benefits of food on your table.
    Give our posterity our own hyroglyphics to remember us by.

  • Davis
    Dec. 23, 2009 10:02 a.m.

    Chip the things off and sell them to the highest bidders and then open the area to oil and mineral exploration so the State can benefit.

  • Boyd
    Dec. 23, 2009 8:58 a.m.

    Go for it, get some of the $$$ Obama is giving away to help with the job force. Im sure that Carbon County could use the money and the work that it would create.

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 23, 2009 8:01 a.m.

    I say pave the road and make the canyon a national park.

  • Rick@Rickety
    Dec. 23, 2009 5:13 a.m.

    Finally a little common sense when it comes to energy.

  • Spoc
    Dec. 22, 2009 6:24 p.m.

    It is logical to expect that if using the canyon for access might damage the glyphs, pay for the problem you created.

    Exploration activity did not create a demand for trails and kiosks and inventories.

    If such a demand exists it should be paid for by those who created the demand. If you build those things through user fees like they do with those who create demand to visit Timpanogos Cave, that is fine. If too few people are interested to make that feasible perhaps it should not be done. In life-threatening situations we accept funding things like search and rescue operations through general taxation without expecting the beneficiaries to shoulder the cost.

    It is not logical to expect the exploration company to satisfy the demand created by art lovers to build them an art museum. This is nothing short of extortion and theft. If you want an art museum and want someone else to pay for it, tax everyone and make the politicians accountable to their constituents for the wisdom of their actions. But don’t target specific individuals or businesses to pay for your greed.

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 22, 2009 4:50 p.m.

    So far the "dust control measures" consist of magnesium chloride, which gets kicked up along with the dust, coats the petroglyphs, and erodes them even faster. No one has solved the problem of making a dirt road not dirty, and no one wants to pay the zillion dollars to pave and maintain Nine Mile.

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 22, 2009 4:27 p.m.

    This does nothing to solve the problems of the trucks barreling down the roads, kicking up dust, and bothering visitors who are out with their families trying to enjoy nature and history.

  • Pave the Road!
    Dec. 22, 2009 3:18 p.m.

    Solves the dust problem.