Letters to the editor: The real facts
Regarding the letter from Mr. Eric Mainord from Heber in the Letters to the Editor (Sun Advocate, Jan. 19, 2010).
First of all, Mr. Shaw, it is unbelievable the Sun Advocate would publish such a letter.
Mr. Mainord, your recent attempt at character assassination, your dig at CEU and education itself, clearly attest to your lack of knowledge of the situation affecting Nine Mile Canyon and the West Tavaputs Plateau Natural Gas Drilling Project. Your spare time might be better spent researching the facts from day one rather than relying on promotional ads in newspapers. Mr. Mainord, it is one thing to express your opinion based on facts, but it is an entirely different matter when you spit out words to see where they splatter. FYI, I do not belong to the Nine Mile Canyon Coalition nor SUWA, however I am a member of the Castle Valley Archaeology Society.
So you will be better informed in the future, here are some of the real facts.
*The only reason drilling slowed down is because of the fact there is a glut of natural gas on the market not because of the Nine Mile Canyon Coalition, SUWA, or any other organization who believes the cultural resources should be protected.
*Drilling is ongoing on the West Tavaputs, both on federal and state lands in the project area.
*The alternate route you refer to is the original road into Nine Mile Canyon from Myton, and according to industry's own road study, would be around 3.5 miles long, disturb approximately six to eight acres per mile (disturbance less than 30 acres total) and cost approximately $1.4 million to construct. The study also states the alternate route would be a better choice than Gate Canyon.
I wonder just how you determined the alternate route would disturb thousands of acres of habitat and artifacts, especially the artifacts. Apparently you know something about cultural resources that the BLM should know.