Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Greater Canyonlands National Monument - It's Now or Never



Delicate Arch - Symbol of Arches National Park and Moab, Utah - Click for larger image (http://jamesmcgillis.com)

Greater Canyonlands National Monument - It's Now or Never

Recently, Ms. Sheri McLaughlin sent information about natural gas and other mineral exploitation in San Juan and Grand Counties, Utah. Sheri’s friend, Kiley Miller lives in San Juan County and keeps close tabs on gas leases, illegal off-road vehicle activity and other threats to peace, quiet and a natural environment. Following is Kiley’s email to Sheri.

From: Kiley Miller
Subject: Oil & gas leases sold Moab, UT BLM
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013, 10:00 AM

Less than fifteen miles from all three arches pictured below, large-scale "fracking" of underlying rock structures threatens the stability of all natural arches and balanced rocks - Click for larger image (http://jamesmcgillis.com)The BLM did not defer many protested parcels including the hotly contested Parcel 042 just above the Moab Valley, which threatens numerous watersheds. The Moab area is under threat of massive industrialization from oil & gas development along with a proposed tar sands mine, potash mine, Green River Oil Refinery, & Green River nuclear facility along with a 24-mile oil & gas pipeline - starting at the gates of Canyonlands National Park, and then down to U.S. Highway 191 just north of Moab.

If you want to get involved, please get in touch with the groups I have listed below along with Utah State political figures, President Obama & write letters to the editors of newspapers & news publications.
Thanks so much-
Kiley Miller
Moab, Utah


Delicate Arch - The symbol of Moab, Utah is vulnerable to nearby oil & gas exploration and production - Click for larger image (http://jamesmcgillis.com)Following is the resource list that Kiley Miller provided. Wherever possible, I have provided links to an appropriate internet resource or email address.

A recent article in the Moab Sun News – “All BLM Oil & Gas Parcels Leased”.

The website of the Canyonlands Watershed Council – at FarCountry.org

The website of Living Rivers – at LivingRivers.org

The website of – Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance -at SUWA.org

Balanced Rock at Arches National Park, Moab, Utah is vulnerable to nearby oil & gas exploration and production - Click for larger image (http://jamesmcgillis.com)Letter to the Editors of – the Moab Sun News – at publisher@moabsunnews.com

Letter to the Editors of – the Moab Times – at editor@moabtimes.com

Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Juan Palma: Utah State Director
email: jpalma@blm.gov
Jeffrey Rock Smith: Moab Field Office
email: jeffreysmith@blm.gov
Beth Maclean: Moab Field Office
email: bmaclean@blm.gov

Grand County Council – Through unilateral action, the current council is on record as opposing Greater Canyonlands National Monument.
email: council@grandcountyutah.net

Landscape Arch lost a large section of structural rock in an earlier rock fall - Click for detail of thinnest spot - (http://jamesmcgillis.com)San Juan County Commission:
email: bbadams@sanjuancounty.org
email: plyman@sanjuancounty.org
email: kmaryboy@sanjuancounty.org

Thank you to Kiley Miller and Sheri McLaughlin for sharing this valuable resource list. Now it is up to the reader to get involved. Without your help, Greater Canyonlands will remain unprotected from gas drilling and fracking, tar sands and potash mining and the watershed effects of nuclear facilities. Please help secure a future for Greater Canyonlands National Monument. If you contact any one of these resources, please tell them that Kiley Miller, Sheri McLaughlin and Moab Jim sent you.