Stop the Proposed Frac Sand Mining Factory on Pristine Land near Zion NP and Kanab, Utah

Stop the Proposed Frac Sand Mining Factory on Pristine Land near Zion NP and Kanab, Utah

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Tana Kou started this petition to Utah State House and

We the undersigned reject the proposed large, unpopular sand mining and processing factory and operation with six 120-foot tall silos being sought on pristine coral pink sand dunes just west of Highway 89 and just north of the Kanab city limits.  The overwhelming majority of residents in the area are strongly against the sand mining plant.  We call on our state and Federal elected leaders to put a halt to this flawed proposal.

WHAT YOU CAN DO IN ADDITION TO SIGNING THIS PETITION:  This destructive project has already been given the green light by the irresponsible and inept local elected officials of Kanab City and Kane County, but it still needs Utah state approval before the sand mining company can commence with building and mining on the land. Contact Utah state representatives and legislators along with Utah Governor Gary Herbert's office and tell them to halt this dangerous project at the state level.  You can also contact U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart and Senators Mitt Romney and Mike Lee and let them know this project is not wanted in this environmentally sensitive area.  This proposed invasive sand mine is rejected by the vast majority of local residents and visitors from all over the world who come here to explore and enjoy this geologically unspoiled and unique rural area in beautiful Southern Utah.

REASONS FOR OPPOSITION

o  Large scale destruction of scenic natural habitat and recreational area near Zion National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park with the removal of hundreds of thousands of tons of rare coral pink sand PER YEAR to be used for oil fracking operations hundreds of miles away, most likely in either Northern Utah or New Mexico. The huge sand mining factory will include six 12 story tall silos that will be seen from miles away.

o  Depletion of millions of gallons of precious drinking water from the main aquifer in the arid Southwestern desert to wash and process the sand before they truck it to the fracking site(s). Possible contamination of the aquifer and drinking water for over 5000 residents in the Kanab area.

o  Dangerous heavy sand trucks traversing through quiet small towns night and day, 7 days per week, for up to 50 years per the water leasing agreement. Safety and noise issue on our roads and in our towns.

o  Six 12-story silos planned near the major highway (89) just north of Kanab, Utah, with the mining and sand washing operation operating 24/7. Noise, dust, and light pollution from the sand mining and washing operation will have a big impact on the area.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO FIGHT THE SAND MINE AND FACTORY

1.  Contact Utah state and federal officials with objections and comments.

2.  Spread the word to all who love this special area in Southern Utah.

3.  Visit www.KeepKanabUnspoiled.org or visit their Facebook page to learn more. https://www.facebook.com/KeepKanabUnspoiled/?ref=search&__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARAEaNvjTZPIXjyehil8Gd49eDzeT83MDyQgwMkQOSPYvWQM4OJv7F5y7CXTANoT1jOjVthEfyFURdMX

Kanab is a rural town in Southern Utah known for its Western heritage and the filming location for many Western movies. It is also the home of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Tourists from all over the world visit Kanab, which is routinely voted best small town in Utah by various travel publications.

Red Knoll is located a few miles north of Kanab on scenic Heritage Highway 89. This is an iconic Southwestern landscape with red sand dunes, towering red and white cliffs, and relic ponderosa groves.

Keep Kanab Unspoiled is a local grassroots organization dedicated to saving Kanab and its magnificent landscape from being spoiled by an industrial frac sand project that will destroy our community, our economy, and the beautiful lands.

Southern Red Sands, LLC (SRS), an affiliate of the Gardner Company, is making plans to build a large frac sand mine and processing facility in the beautiful Red Knoll sand hills, just 10 miles from Zion National Park. This area is located on Utah’s Heritage Highway 89. It is the gateway to Kanab, a small tourist town in Southwest Utah that is situated between the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce National Parks, and the Glenn Canyon Recreation Area. SRS plans to mine the sand hills down to the bare rock and holds mining claims to over 12,000 acres of unspoiled BLM land in that area.

 

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