Stop the Zion-Kanab Frac Sand Mine

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We, the undersigned, ask the Gardner Company to end its support of the proposed frac sand mine near Zion National Park and the tourist town of Kanab, Utah. This destructive and polluting mine does not fit with the image that Kem Gardner and the companies he has founded have promoted to the citizens of Utah.    


The Gardner Company is one of Utah’s largest developers with a reputation for integrity and forward thinking. Its website promotes its commitment to community and sustainability. It was started by Kem C. Gardner one of the state’s most prominent citizens who was instrumental in bringing the 2002 Olympics to Utah.

For these reasons, we are disappointed to see the Gardner Company is involved with a company (Southern Red Sands) that is planning a frac sand mine located just over ten miles from Zion National Park. It has been a site for hiking, camping, and other recreation since the first Mormon settlers came to the area. Native American peoples lived in the area for hundreds of years before that.

The plateau has famous hiking and tourist destinations like Peekaboo Canyon and Diana’s Throne. It also is the location of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the country’s largest animal sanctuary. The 12,000 acres of mining claims goes right up to the boundary of the sanctuary.

The mine will also jeopardize the nearby town of Kanab. The mine depends on getting a huge amount of water from Kanab, contracting for an amount that is almost equal to the city’s annual usage. In addition to the risk of depletion, there is also a potential for contamination to Kanab, Best Friends, and local wildlife.

The mine will also create large amounts of respirable silica, that could pose health hazards to people near the site, most importantly, the employees of Best Friends.

The mine will be operated twenty-four hours a day. In addition to the noise, the light will pollute an area known for its dark skies. There will also be a large number of heavy trucks, possibly as many as one every four minutes, carrying sand through the center of Kanab’s tourist district. This will jeopardize the industry that is the city’s lifeblood.


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