I have been traveling the Nine Mile Canyon road since the 1960's. Back then, it was a one lane, narrow road. Often times, one vehicle or the other had to back up so the other could pass. Some times the water was so deep it came in the doors of my truck. There was a time I was glad I had not one, but two spares in the back of my truck, as I was forced off the side of the road and blew two tires on the large rocks.
I applaud the work Carbon County has done and is in the process of doing on the road. Last year there were two separate 100 year floods in the canyon causing extensive road damage. Carbon County came from the Wellington side of the canyon and the Bill Barrett Corporation from the Cottonwood end to clear the road to allow trapped individuals to get out of the canyon.
The Bill Barrett Corporation has been working on their environmental assessment for the past six years. One of their main concerns is dust control. In most areas, such as the San Rafael or Utah's west desert, the dust is controlled with mag chloride. There were those who felt this material was not expectable in Nine Mile, so BBC researched and found a product made from tree sap that is non toxic, non corrosive and controls the dust. It can even be found is some foods.
It seems some people are selfish. They want the roads left so rough that the only way to come in and enjoy the sights is by horseback or helicopter. Maybe it's that they don't want anyone to come in. They are complaining to the Bureau of Land Management that the road is too smooth and that the tree sap is black. Visitors to the canyon need to let the BLM know that they appreciate the dust control in the canyon. As Eric Maynoid's letter (Sun Advocate, Aug. 4) to the editor said, if Carbon County looses the gas and oil fields on the Traviputs Plateau, the entire county will feel it in lost revenue.
Remember the saying, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Don't let a few squeaky wheels cause the people of Carbon County and the state of Utah to loose the much needed revenue and jobs. Let the BLM know the positives, not just the negatives of the improvements to Nine Mile Canyon.