I am writing, not as a resident, but as a frequent Michigan visitor to Utah’s spectacular red rock public lands. Since my first visit in 1990, I have made yearly trips to Utah, for the beauty, the peace, the unadulterated landscape. I treasure the petroglyphs, pictographs and remains of cliff dwellings as the historical record of this country before the white settlers violently claimed it as theirs. Visitors from around the globe flock to Utah’s red rock canyon country to enjoy unparalleled scenic vistas and explore public lands. I have encountered tour buses with people from France, Spain, Asian countries and others — and have always engaged in conversation with some tourists from each bus over the years. Every single one said they were in awe with the vast beauty untouched by man and industry and came because “there is no other place like it in the world”.
Don’t let them drill and destroy this landscape. There is a glut of oil on the market. Oil is being replaced by renewables. Rigs and mines will be abandoned for lack of market, or bankruptcy, and their scars on the red rock will last forever.
I beg you, protect what you have — for everyone.