04 February 2008

Spiral Journey

I just saw this on the Slow Muse blog and it got my heart going (along with Super Tuesday tomorrow, and the six tons of snow in my driveway, and my lost suitcase trying to find it's way home and the general state of the world and...) To say I am overwhelmed and stressed is unnecessary, but three years ago I had a major health crisis and needed a day away from the world as I know it. My family embarked on a muddy, cold adventure to the Spiral Jetty on an Easter Sunday morning. There was something spiritual about this desolate space... it's as if the artist bore witness to its very existence by making a mark. An appropriate place to be on a day that marks resurrection, when your body and mind need a blessing. If you have been to the jetty or have yet to make the pilgrimage, please let your voice be heard.

piral Jetty threatened by energy development

UPDATE: 1/31: Comment period extended.

Nancy Holt, Robert Smithson's widow, recently sent an email out detailing specific threats to Smithson's masterpiece, Spiral Jetty.

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, that¹s 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.

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