PROTEST Rock Canyon Mining Proposal

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PROTEST Rock Canyon Mining Proposal

Postby marauders » Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:12 pm

Last Saturday, March 28th, there was a public meeting at the mouth of Rock Canyon to announce the submission of a proposal to activate a mining claim in Rock Canyon. The subsequent develop would substantially change the use the look of Rock Canyon.

170 people showed up to the meeting to voice disapproval with Provo City. There is also a protest planned at the steps of the Utah County Courthouse in downtown Provo (the intersection of Center St. and State St.). The protest is Saturday, April 4th, at noon.

Future public hearings at the Provo City Counsel have yet to be schedule.

Here are two local news articles:

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/304396/17/

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/7052 ... -plan.html

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Re: PROTEST Rock Canyon Mining Proposal

Postby marauders » Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:16 pm

ROCK CANYON MINING, PROVO CITY MEETING UPDATE:
Tonight (April 2nd) there will be a public meeting to discuss citizens' concerns with Provo City officials. Please come and pass this message along.

5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 2nd
Council Chambers (Provo City building)
351 West Center St.
Provo

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Re: PROTEST Rock Canyon Mining Proposal

Postby marauders » Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:43 am

The city council chambers were full last night, showing deep concern over the future condition of Rock Canyon. Good to know that neighbors, climbers, hikers, environmentalists, etc. are all actively involved in this. There are essentially four outcomes that I understand:

1. The mine becomes active destroying access to the canyon.
2. The mine becomes active preserving easements for hiking and climbing.
3. The city and LLC wins a lawsuit over the complicated history of ownership of the 84-acres in question, and shuts down any mining attempts permanently.
4. This mining proposal is a guise for the owner to get a high bidding price from the city and LLC for his mining claim/land ownership rights. If the land is purchased or traded for, mining attempts would be shut down permanently.

How can we help?
Here's an excerpt from the article linked below:
"The city has expressed an interest in preserving the canyon, but Mayor Lewis Billings said the application must be treated as any other. He said Davis "will be allowed to go through the normal rules." But he offered suggestions for those interested in fighting the proposal, including collaborating with Red Slab LLC, an entity set up by Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, and Phil Lowry, a Provo lawyer, to acquire the land and quell extraction attempts.

"What can the public do? The public can participate in the public hearing before the Planning Commission," Billings said. "Those who want to preserve Rock Canyon may also want to consider working with Red Slab LLC."

Daily Herald Article: http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/304943/17/

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Re: PROTEST Rock Canyon Mining Proposal

Postby Shaft » Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:43 pm

The application "must be treated as any other"? WTF? The dude isn't even the full owner of the parcel of land. I don't get down to Rock Canyon enough (if ever) but this pisses me off. I can't understand how the Mayor and the City would even consider the application when they are actively involved in a lawsuit with the applicant!

Let's hope that this gets settled once and for all with no mining taking place.
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Re: PROTEST Rock Canyon Mining Proposal

Postby David Witherspoon » Wed Apr 08, 2009 3:03 pm

Glad you guys are on it.

What more needs to be done? Is Red Slab LLC the group to organize with, or is there another citizens' group working on this?

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Re: PROTEST Rock Canyon Mining Proposal

Postby Shaft » Thu Apr 09, 2009 10:05 am

There is an ongoing thread over at mountainproject:
http://mountainproject.com/v/northern_u ... /105815514

And a facebook group:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62709725387

Red Slab LLC would be worthy of support although I have no idea how to contact them.

The Mayor sure seems like a punter......
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Re: PROTEST Rock Canyon Mining Proposal

Postby David Witherspoon » Thu Apr 09, 2009 11:43 am

Thanks for the links. I also came across
http://preserverockcanyon.com/
which has a good list of things to do & people to contact.
Looks like the site admin could use some help to gather information & construct talking points to help people focus their letters & comments.

I'm told that people at MountainWorks (gear shop) and The Quarry (climbing gym) in Provo would also know what's up.

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Re: PROTEST Rock Canyon Mining Proposal

Postby samg » Tue May 05, 2009 5:03 pm

Bump.

There is contact info at the Preserve Rock Canyon site, so send out some emails to those Provo officials if you haven't already!

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Re: PROTEST Rock Canyon Mining Proposal

Postby x2 » Thu May 07, 2009 6:56 am

I sent emails a couple of days ago and received emails and phone calls back from the Mayor of Provo City, City Council Members of Provo City, and the Provo City Community Development Assistant Director. All of them mentioned that the best thing we can do as a community is to send in letters/emails expressing our concerns and opinions.

As stated in previous posts you can find their email addresses and the issues that should be addressed in your letters/emails here:
http://preserverockcanyon.com/action/who-to-contact/

Letters/emails need not be long. Just take a few minutes and write them. The more letters/emails they receive opposing the mining of Rock Canyon the better.

Also, a previous post mentioned there was a city meeting on April 2nd. There is video of that meeting here that gives a lot of information including a chronology of the issues, some legal information, other information, and Q&A: http://www.provo.org/displayarticle200.html

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Re: PROTEST Rock Canyon Mining Proposal

Postby David Witherspoon » Fri May 22, 2009 10:38 am

There's now a "use survey" up for Rock Canyon. Let the local gov't officials know how much you use Rock Canyon.

https://rockcanyon.wufoo.com/forms/survey/


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