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Action Alert: Spiral Jetty endangered

Just got an email from Tyler Green at Modern Art Notes: Nancy Holt, Robert Smithson’s widow, recently sent an email out detailing specific threats to Smithson’s masterpiece, Spiral Jetty. Please take action before 7 pm ET today. Yesterday I received an urgent email from Lynn DeFreitas, Director of Friends of the Great Salt Lake, telling […]

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Just got an email from Tyler Green at Modern Art Notes:

Nancy Holt, Robert Smithson’s widow, recently sent an email out detailing specific threats to Smithson’s masterpiece, Spiral Jetty. Please take action before 7 pm ET today.

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 [today] 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 jjemming@utah.gov. 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, thats 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.

  • cb says:

    Saying the Spiral Jetty is endanger seems misleading. The site was mainly chosen for the unique color of the water not for its location in a “wild natural space.” There are pipes already sticking out of the ground by the jetty, there’s an abandoned trailer not far away, and plenty of trash laying around, so what if this just one more step in the “entropic” fate of the area? It survived all those years underwater, perhaps it will survive this too.

  • penelope Rothfield says:

    i don’t understand why the deadline for protesting is 5 PM. What happens after 5 PM? is this true?

  • The staging area for the drilling is about 50 miles down the shore from the Spiral Jetty, and any construction traffic wouldn’t cross paths with the Dia tourists until the paved road starts near the Golden Spike Monument.

    http://imoralist.blogspot.com/2008/01/sign-from-dia.html

    Dia recently cleaned up much of the debris that was near the site when Smithson built the Jetty, making it look a lot less like Passaic, New Jersey.