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/