Report: Balancing recreation, energy development benefits Utah communities

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  • Emajor Ogden, UT
    May 27, 2012 9:46 p.m.

    Strangely enough, Corn Dog, if energy development historically had a record of doing just that, SUWA probably wouldn't be around. Protection of sensitive areas and ecological restoration is an additional cost that had to be forced on industries.

    It baffles me that you poo-poo the Anadarko and Bill Barrett examples; the companies were quite happy with the results of this compromise, as were the environmental groups and local governments. That's a win-win for everybody, and it's very rare. It is something that should be pursued further, not written off simply because you do not like the environmental group that was involved in forging the compromise.

  • Corn Dog New York, NY
    May 26, 2012 4:46 p.m.

    "Heidi McIntosh, associate director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, said it is true that responsible energy development can happen and pointed to the Utah examples of Anadarko and Bill Barrett Corp., both of which have left gas in the ground to protect wild places."

    It's obvious that the environmentalists' believe that "balance" occurs only when they have their thumbs on the scale. Leaving energy resources in the ground is not responsible energy development - it is no energy development.

    Responsible energy development occurs when the resources that all people use, including environmentalists, are extracted in a manner complying with all applicable regulations, interfering with recreation only when necessary, and after completion, restoring the land to it's original condition with modern restoration methods.