mercredi 30 janvier 2008

La Spiral Jetty menacée par un projet de forage

Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 8:34 PM
Subject: Spiral Jetty Oil Drilling

Dear Friends,

Yesterday I received an urgent email from Lynn DeFreitas, Director of Friends of the Great Salt Lake, telling me of plans for drilling oil in the Salt Lake near Spiral Jetty. See Attachments. The deadline for protest is tomorrow, Wednesday, at 5PM. Of course, DIA has been informed and are meeting about it today.

I have been told by Lynn that the oil wells will not be above the water, but that means some kind of industrial complex of pipes and pumps beneath the water and on the shore. The operation would require roads for oil tank trucks, cranes, pumps etc. which produce noise and will severely alter the wild, natural place.

If you want to send a letter of protest to save the beautiful, natural Utah environment around the Spiral Jetty from oil drilling, the emails or calls of protest go to Jonathan Jemming 801-537-9023 Please refer to Application # 8853. Every letter makes a big difference, they do take a lot of notice and know that publicity may follow. Since the Spiral Jetty has global significance, emails from foreign countries would be of special value.

They try to slip these drilling contracts under the radar, that’s why we found out so late, not through notification, but from a watchdog lawyer at the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, the group that alerted me to the land leasing for oil and gas near Sun Tunnels last May.

Thank you for your consideration of this serious environmental matter.

Nancy Holt
Si, comme nous, ce projet de forage ne vous laisse pas indifférents, nous vous serions reconnaissants d'écrire à Jonathan Jemming (, si possible avant ce soir minuit, en n'oubliant pas de mentionner la référence "Application # 8853". Afin de faciliter votre tâche, et compte tenu de l'urgence, Dia vous propose le texte suivant qu'il vous suffira de copier-coller: cliquez ici. N'hésitez pas à personnaliser votre message si vous trouvez le temps.

Merci à tous!

Robert Smithson supervisant la construction de la Spiral Jetty.
© Photo: Gianfranco Gorgoni, avril 1970 (all rights reserved)