Mining at the former Grand Staircase monument?

Canadian firm says it wants to start exploration; geologists express doubts

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  • Earth speaks Escalante, UT
    June 26, 2018 10:52 a.m.

    Deseret News, you should report on the progress of the lawsuits against the downsizing of the monuments. That story is not over, and until it is, there will be no mining. Don't write of this as a done deal -- that's simply poor and misleading reporting.

  • Don Aldo Bountiful, UT
    June 23, 2018 6:42 p.m.

    Deseret News reporter Amy Joy O'Donoghue has written a very insightful article reporting
    mining in the former Grand Staircase National Monument. However, I wonder if some of the
    commenters have read more than the headline. Did they read the part about how the BLM still
    manages the land in the former Grand Staircase national Monument? Did they read that the BLM has received "no paperwork" from the supposed Canadian company? "No paperwork" means no mining. Their excitement is premature at the least.

    It is very important to conduct real surveys using the latest methods to determine the locations and values of mineral resources in these desert lands. Severance taxes from extractions using modern methods will bring relief to tax burdened Utah citizens, and will provide a better education for Utah children.

    And, by regulation, I mean proper regulation, not overburden-some regulation, which would provide the benefits while maintaining the pristine beauty of the landscape. I am optimistic that this could be possible.

  • Paul8777 Brigham City, UT
    June 23, 2018 4:58 p.m.

    Mendacity seems to be the only trait of value in this administration.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    June 23, 2018 9:43 a.m.

    @Schwa - June 21, 2018 5:07 p.m.
    I guess that was just another Trump lie.

    AND

    stevo123 - June 21, 2018 4:37 p.m.
    I guess we were mislead.
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    Ask yourself this -- when has donnie ever told the truth? Answer--he wouldn't recognize the truth if it bit him
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    @cjb - June 21, 2018 6:56 p.m.
    There can't be a good economy if business is overly restricted. One of the reasons the economy is improving so much is business regulations are being greatly reduced.
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    Business hasn't been "overly restricted". And you can thank President Obama for the economy improving. He did the work--donnie is riding on his coattails.
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    @goodnight-goodluck - June 22, 2018 2:32 a.m.
    Another case of the fortune seekers trying to sell our birthright for a mess of pottage.
    Are there no sacred lands valued simply for their beauty anymore?
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    Exactly right. These precious and fragile lands need protection, not rapine.
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    @eastcoastcoug - June 22, 2018 11:27 a.m.
    The real reason our GOP wants these areas open is the Koch Bros. and other mega donors are big into these industries. They could care less what the average person makes from it.
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    Exactly right. Protect the land.

  • wlgeo Santa Rosa, CA
    June 22, 2018 3:36 p.m.

    I spent many years as a geologist in Utah and Nevada. Unfortunately, some Canadian junior mining companies try to make splashy headlines in order to increase the value of their stocks. This is often done by outright fraud, or by collecting "high grade" samples to create the impression of high assay values. Those values would never be duplicated by a more rigorous random sampling method. If this company gains access to one of Utah's natural wonders, the door is open to increased destruction of this fragile environment. Trust the wisdom of the Utah Geologic Survey--their job is to promote policies that are in the best interest of the state while insuring that legitimate mining activities can succeed.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    June 22, 2018 11:27 a.m.

    I just love all the people that say mining & oil & gas are so good for these small towns. Not if you don't want to kill off the multi-million dollar tourist industry. How many people will you attract if your area of unique natural beauty looks more like the Kennecott mines or Point-of-the-Mountain? Take a good look at those places and imagine that in Southern Utah. Who will put those hideous sites back to what they looked like before?

    The younger generation doesn't want to work in the mining industry. That is so 1800's. If you want to raise the economic level of an area, stop trying to re-introduce work that was done by their great-great-grandparents.

    The real reason our GOP wants these areas open is the Koch Bros. and other mega donors are big into these industries. They could care less what the average person makes from it.

    Thank you DNews for sleuthing around and finding those who are filing claims.

  • Thomas Jefferson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 22, 2018 8:12 a.m.

    cjb said:

    "There can't be a good economy if business is overly restricted. One of the reasons the economy is improving so much is business regulations are being greatly reduced."

    What regulations do you think were removed and when?
    How did those removals help create the improving economy?
    How long do you think the economy has been improving?

  • goodnight-goodluck Salt Lake City, UT
    June 22, 2018 2:32 a.m.

    Another case of the fortune seekers trying to sell our birthright for a mess of pottage.
    Are there no sacred lands valued simply for their beauty anymore?

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    June 21, 2018 9:30 p.m.

    I have absolutely no problem with mineral extraction in these remote areas, but I do have a problem with Canada doing it. Canada has historically denied American companies from even participating in projects like this in Canada. If Trump wants to "put America first" then this is a good place to start!

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    June 21, 2018 6:56 p.m.

    There can't be a good economy if business is overly restricted. One of the reasons the economy is improving so much is business regulations are being greatly reduced. They were like barnacles on the hull of a ship.

  • Schwa Salt Lake City, UT
    June 21, 2018 5:07 p.m.

    I was assured there would be no mining or drilling, because that's not what this was about. I guess that was just another Trump lie.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 21, 2018 4:48 p.m.

    BigLib -said: "It is wonderful to see these lands put back into multiple Use."

    For Canadians?

    Bust and Boom is what has created these tiny poor towns, it won't save them, because mining is bust and boom, look at the Basin, No actual growth and the money leave town with the camper cities.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 21, 2018 4:46 p.m.

    Okay. trump wants to make America independent so we are no longer dependent upon other countries for resources we need.

    So now we are going to sell American ores to a Canadian company. Will they give them back to us free of charge?

    I guess this makes as much sense as most of trump's other actions. Like Mexico paying for the wall that he's mad at Congress for not funding with our taxpayer dollars.

    Ah, well.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    June 21, 2018 4:37 p.m.

    There was a big deal made that the area had no minerals off value. I guess we were mislead.

  • furymouse Draper, UT
    June 21, 2018 3:49 p.m.

    I've always said that we need more slag dumps instead of parks and monuments.

  • BigLib Salt Lake City, UT
    June 21, 2018 3:07 p.m.

    It is wonderful to see these lands put back into multiple Use. Use of natural resources locked up within the former monument area = jobs and economic growth for Garfield and Kane Counties, and for the State of Utah.