Approaching the boiling point...
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I am most concerned and alarmed over the ad-hoc, incremental, creeping industrialization surrounding and permeating our communities, watersheds, recreational areas and national parks. Projects and plans for oil and gas development, tar sands, refineries, pipelines, potash, uranium mining and milling, helium processing, and a nuclear power plant are passing through a host of rubber-stamp permitting processes without any meaningful, interrelated, cumulative look at the regional synergies and impacts that these highly polluting and water-intensive activities will create.

The quality of life, environmental and public health, and long-term economic sustainability of our communities are being forever altered by this trend, and we are like the proverbial, complacent frogs in a slowly heating cauldron approaching boiling point.

Do our decision-makers really believe we are immune to the air quality and commensurate public health crises now occurring in the Uintah Basin and Western Slope? Or to the critical water shortages facing the Colorado River Basin? Or to the extreme infrastructure challenges posed by massive demographic changes? Or to a blighted landscape in our now world-class wildlands resource?

Where is the outrage; even appropriate inquiry and study, regarding these grave and very real threats to community well-being? Is Moab ready to passively accept red-alert days?

I call upon our councils and agencies to exercise their trust responsibilities to the public welfare and commons by proactively implementing precautionary processes, principles and regulatory powers in synergistic and effective, local and regional planning. We must learn to appreciate and live within the means, natural laws and carrying capacities of our watersheds and ecosystems before we lose any opportunity to appropriately guide our present and future into sustainable and livable ones for ourselves and the next generations. 

—Bob Lippman

Castle Valley


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