Down the rat hole...
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Like it or not, the current Grand County Council is bound and determined to ram a highway through the Book Cliffs. Last week’s Times-Independent reported that the county transportation special service district will kick in $10,000 for a Book Cliffs corridor “study.” The state School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) and Uintah County are paying over $500,000 to study the plan.

Gee, I wonder what the result of the study will be.

Worse, is the proposal for Grand County to join a Seven County Infrastructure Coalition for the purpose of opening up the whole of eastern Utah to dirty, water-sucking energy development and other projects. Joining the coalition would tie the hands and duct tape the mouths of Grand County citizens and pesky greenies who have, in the past, been able to stop other stupid and destructive projects.

Oh sure, there will be plenty of lip flapping about protecting wildlife (through increased hunting opportunities), protecting sensitive archeological sites (by opening them up to artifact hounds), and protecting the environment by ruining it. The Book Cliffs is one of the largest contiguous wild spaces left in the lower 48. The only way to keep it that way is to leave it alone.

Do you think leaving it to SITLA and Uintah County to decide whether turning the Book Cliffs into a strip mine is a good idea? Do you want a million more trucks on the road carrying the crap. How about a refinery in Green River — wouldn’t that be nice? How about a zillion gallons of water, far more precious than anything that can be mined, flushed down a rat hole.

Get ready. This is one of those potential disasters that will take persistent, vocal and determined effort to beat back.

—Steve Russell

Moab

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