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April 22 is Earth Day and it is my wish that everyone will take a few minutes and reflect about what this means. The Earth is our home and we need to try to be better stewards of what has been given to us.

I am not from Utah. I left Pennsylvania when the fracking was beginning. I lived in a large county with more deer than people. I believe the oil companies chose my county because it was so rural and nobody questioned what was being done.

There was only one dairy farmer’s wife who said, “Whoa, wait a minute.” These people were offered over a million dollars for gas and mineral rights on their farm and said “No.” Of course, they had something that I did not have. They had grandchildren and were concerned about their water supply.

Pennsylvania is also home to Centralia. I have been there once, and it was barren and gray. There was still smoke rising from the ground from years of strip mining for coal.

We drove across the country a few times before buying a place in Moab. Driving across the state of Kansas is the worst. When the wind blows, I think of the Dust Bowl that we humans created.

It was not until I was in Moab and heard Mr. Francois Pallette speak that I became concerned about the tar/oil sands. This Native American gentleman came to Moab from Alberta, Canada, to tell us how his land and river were polluted by the oil industry.

Please listen to history and what others are trying to tell you. In Pennsylvania and Alberta there is no dust in the air when the wind blows. We have trees and mountains to slow down the wind and trap the dust. Once you remove the plants and soil, I can only picture dust blowing across the town of Green River. In addition, I was told that the tar is what holds the water near the surface and once that is removed the water will just drain away.

I am surprised the people who grew up here in Utah are not up in arms about a gas company that is planning on strip mining to get a precursor to oil. You have five national parks in Utah. Do you people not know how special this place is? NO one wants to take away your jeeping roads. We want the jeep people to say “NO” strip mining in Utah, too!

This is your land – please stand up for it before it is too late.

—Barb Crossan

Moab


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