Efforts to stop excavation at Point of the Mountain at a standstill

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  • Ryan Voight Draper, UT
    June 19, 2013 1:24 p.m.

    If you can spare 4 minutes to educate yourself and save your lungs, please watch this:

  • Ryan Voight Draper, UT
    June 19, 2013 1:20 p.m.

    I'm the pilot in the blue/yellow hang glider. Not sure why, but this story completely missed the big issue. While the flying community stands to lose their world class playground, most of us live right near the park... and we are concerned as residents and land owners more than as pilots.

    The dust that comes out of the Geneva Rock pits when it is windy contains Silica, which is EXTREMELY unhealthy to inhale on a regular basis. Dust blows all across the valley when it's windy... and it's pretty much always windy at Point of the Mountain.

    Even more importantly, Geneva is preparing to take a HUGE area of the center of the mountain, destroying the Draper skyline (visible all the way from downtown SLC), and releasing a LOT more silica dust into the air because of the location of the mining- above skyline where it is always windy.

  • geedub Santee, CA
    June 18, 2013 12:43 p.m.

    How much money does that gravel pit bring into the economy? Think of all the jobs created by the mining operation and the industries it serves. It has to be 10's of millions a year. Now think of the amount amount the hang gliders bring to the economy, maybe 10's of thousands. The answer is obvious. Let the hang gliders find another cliff to jump off.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    June 18, 2013 10:31 a.m.

    Money talks. And, it better be private money, not tax money, if anyone wants to buy this for the flyers.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 18, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    Work out a land swap. That is a terrible location for mining activities.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    June 17, 2013 6:26 p.m.

    If these guys want to get together and buy the land, then I'm all for preserving it for flying. Otherwise, I don't see how they have a case. BTW, my cousin got into a stall, fell about 300 feet and was almost killed on that mountain. However, if people love it, great. However, they need to raise the money and buy the place. They can't expect Geneva Rock to continue to subsidize their recreation forever.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    June 17, 2013 5:13 p.m.

    Utah is always looking for ways to attract more tourists. We have the best snow AND the best wind, what a combination and selling point.

    Lets offer the gravel company a fair price and make the land public.

  • jpjazz Sandy, UT
    June 17, 2013 3:53 p.m.

    Rather than ask for government to intervene, why not fundraise amongst the users of the area.