Utah Wilderness News, March 14, 2011

Redrock advocate travels to D.C. in support of Utah wilderness

“Gelatt was in D.C. to advocate for America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act on behalf of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. SUWA has worked for two decades to secure permanent protection of a vast area of red rock canyon country in southern Utah, a landscape that includes massive cliffs and domes, deep broad canyons, as well as narrow slot canyons.” Read more – Grand Junction Free Press

Over-the-top rhetoric from Gov. Herbert and House members
“Five hours into the testimony, the committee finally gave BLM Director Bob Abbey a chance to respond. His clarity and calm were a stunning contrast to the anger and untruths spewed by the most radical members of the committee. He made clear that Salazar had simply reinstated a policy in place for 25 years before the backroom deal between then Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt and Interior Secretary Gale Norton.”Letter-to-the-editor – The Salt Lake Tribune

Bryce-area coal mine receives notices of violations

In March 2010, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and some other environmental groups filed a complaint stating the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining Board had some members who should recuse themselves from the permit process because they have a financial interest in the mine-reclamation plan.

Steve Bloch, an attorney and the conservation director for SUWA, said the complaint is scheduled to be heard by the Utah Supreme Court.

Mine critic Bobbi Bryant, who runs a store in Panguitch, said last week that since mid-February, trucks have intermittently been hauling their loads past her store on Highway 89 on their way to the coal-fired power plant operated by Intermountain Power Service Corp. just outside Delta, nearly 200 miles away in Millard County. Read more – The Salt Lake Tribune