Friday, March 21, 2014

Rites of Spring in Moab, Utah - Peaceful Protest of the New Industrial Desert


Local Moab resident helped organize the recent "Industrial Desert" protest at Moab BLM and Fidelity Energy - Click for larger image (http://jamesmcgillis.com)Occasionally, one person rises up and makes a difference. At Moab, Utah, such a person is Ms. Kiley Miller. Over the past several years, Kiley has investigated and publicized the dangers of industrializing the desert in Grand County and Greater Canyonlands. Her latest attempt to gain both public and institutional support for saving Greater Canyonlands was in the form of a peaceful protest on March 20, 2014. That the protest took place in Moab on the first day of spring indicates the spirit of hopefulness that Kiley Miller and forty intrepid local citizens brought to this important debate.

Following, in her own words, is an account of the environmental protest that Kiley Miller organized:


Forty local residents and environmentalists protested the industrialization of Greater Canyonlands at the BLM Office in Moab, Utah - Click for larger image (photo courtesy Jane Butter, Grand Canyon Trust)“Thanks to All who showed up for the protest!!! It was awesome to see y'all there. About 40 people showed up! The BLM kindly sectioned off part of their parking lot just under the BLM sign as our "free speech" zone. Sarah & Emily Stock & I went in ahead of time & were greeted by Lisa Bryant. We let her know this was a peaceful protest & that it was not personal but that we are protesting the agency as a whole & do not approve of what is happening to our public lands.

Peaceful protestors gathered at Fidelity Energy's Moab Office, although the company was conveniently closed for the day - Click for larger image (photo courtesy Jane Butter, Grand Canyon Trust)John Weisheit & others spoke of national energy policy, pipeline safety, alternative energy etc. Carol Mayer pointed out that thankfully there are people out there in the community paying attention to what is happening in the region & raising the red flags.

We then walked over to the Fidelity Exploration office & they just happened to be closed so John Weisheit gave ‘em a call asking that someone please come down & talk with us but no one came. Members of the press were there & many of us were filmed & interviewed.

Icon of the Industrial Desert - a Caterpillar tractor tears up the land, sending uncontrolled dust throughout Greater Canyonlands - Click for larger image (photo courtesy Kiley Miller)A participant named Judy came to me & said she got goose bumps from my Ed Abbey quote sign & that she was so happy to see so many young people there. She was new to protesting & wants to be more involved. It felt great to stand in solidarity with fellow citizens who were all there to show their love & support of protections for this beautiful place.

Canyon Country Rising Tide along with other groups & citizens will continue to have demonstrations in the future, I hope to see more of you at them.

Kiley Miller admires the unspoiled land she lives on and loves near Moab, Utah - Click for larger image (http://jamesmcgillis.com)‘My job is to save the f**king wilderness. I don't know anything else worth saving.’
- My new favorite Ed Abbey quote spoken through George Hayduke from the Monkey Wrench Gang.
For the Earth -
Kiley”


If interested, you may contact Kiley Miller by email. If you do, please tell her that Moab Jim sent you.