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Protect the water

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By Roger Rowley
Spring Glen


We are presently experiencing disasters involving crude oil. Ongoing is the gulf oil spill. Chevron and others are still engaged in cleaning up after a hole in a Chevron oil pipe line developed, spilling crude oil into the Red Butte Creek in the Salt Lake area. Recently a tanker hauling diesel fuel rolled over near Scofield. Fortunately the spill was minimal.

We have had minimal spills adjacent to the Price River but thanks to the quick response of our very efficient county hazardous materials containment team little or none of the spilled material ended up in our water supply.

This brings to the forefront in my mind and probably others, the disastrous effect that would result from a direct spill of diesel fuel or other petroleum distillates or, say a railroad car carrying hazardous waste, into the Price River. lncluded in this might be heavy metals such a cadmium, selenium, arsenic and lead, to mention a few.

I'm confident that I am not the first to think of these potential disasters.

Because of these dangers, I propose running a pipeline from the confluence of the White River and Lower Fish Creek directly to the Price River Water Improvement District Water Plant .

I'm sure that the expense of installing such a pipe line would not be cheap, but when one considers the absolute necessity of preserving and maintaining quality culinary and irrigation water for not only ourselves but also for our children and grandchildren, wouldn't the cost be justifiable?

I assume there would be grants or bonds available to help mitigate the cost.

I also envision the possibility of producing hydroelectric power, which would also lessen the overall cost.

I appeal to those who would have influence or power in implementing a project as has been presented here to consider its merits

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