Thursday, May 29, 2008

Preservationists say gas drilling imperils ancient carvings
Along Utah's Nine Mile Canyon lies what some call the longest art gallery in the world - thousands of prehistoric rock carvings and paintings of bighorn sheep and other wildlife, hunters wielding spears, and warriors engaged in hand-to-hand combat.

But now, a dramatic increase in natural gas drilling is proposed on the plateau above the canyon, and preservationists fear trucks will kick up dust that will cover over the images. And they worry that one possible solution - a chemical dust suppressant - could make things worse by corroding the rock.

I like this: Company spokesman Jim Felton defended the project, saying if drilling does not go forward, the implications will be "immediate, dire and drastic" . . .

Followed by: "The threat is real and imminent and frightening," Moe said in a statement.

Let's just ratchet up the rhetoric some more!