Spiral Jetty

Spiral Jetty

I blogosfæren er der dukket en historie op om at Robert Smithsons Spiral Jetty er truet af olieboringer i Great Salt Lak, hvor værket ligger. Følgende er en mail fra Nancy Holt, Smithsons enke, der forklare sagerne.

Yesterday I received an urgent email from Lynn DeFreitas, Director of Friends of the Great Salt Lake, telling me of plans for drilling oil in the Salt Lake near Spiral Jetty. See Attachments. The deadline for protest is [today] Wednesday, at 5PM. Of course, DIA has been informed and are meeting about it today.

I have been told by Lynn that the oil wells will not be above the water, but that means some kind of industrial complex of pipes and pumps beneath the water and on the shore. The operation would require roads for oil tank trucks, cranes, pumps etc. which produce noise and will severely alter the wild, natural place.

If you want to send a letter of protest to save the beautiful, natural Utah environment around the Spiral Jetty from oil drilling, the emails or calls of protest go to Jonathan Jemming 801-537-9023 jjemming@utah.gov. Please refer to Application # 8853. Every letter makes a big difference, they do take a lot of notice and know that publicity may follow. Since the Spiral Jetty has global significance, emails from foreign countries would be of special value.

They try to slip these drilling contracts under the radar, that’s why we found out so late, not through notification, but from a watchdog lawyer at the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, the group that alerted me to the land leasing for oil and gas near Sun Tunnels last May.

Thank you for your consideration of this serious environmental matter.

Link til en pdf af boringsansøgningen (via boingboing.net)

Billed taget af Soren Harward, fundet på Wikipedea og redigeret af mig

— update —

Fristen til at komme med indvindinger til projektet er nu blevet forlænget. Fra nowpublic:

The public has been invited to comment on this project until Wednesday, February 13th, and written comments can be sent to  the following individuals: