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On top of these impacts to Nine Mile Canyon’s world renown historic and pre-historic sites, natural gas development is fast encroaching on the Desolation Canyon and Jack Canyon wilderness study areas and wilderness inventory areas (the areas that BLM inventoried between 1996-99 and found to have wilderness character). BLM has described the greater Desolation Canyon wilderness area as having “magnificent wilderness qualities” and an area that “represent[s] one of the largest blocks of roadless BLM lands within the continental United States.”
These impacts to date have only been the tip of the iceberg if BLM and a Denver based gas company (Bill Barrett Corporation (BBC)) have their way.
WHAT’S GOING ON?
BLM held three public meetings in March and is now wrapping up the public comment stage. This could be the last opportunity for the public to tell BLM officials about the important wilderness and cultural resources in this area are and to urge that BLM take the extraordinary steps that these resources deserve to protect them from damage.