Tuesday, December 22, 2009

At last a compromise has been reached.

Video Courtesy of KSL.com

Groups that have been fighting each other for years in one of Utah's most bitter energy battles may be ready to kiss and make up.

The battle is over natural gas drilling in and around eastern Utah's Nine Mile Canyon. The canyon is famous for its ancient Native American archaeology and has been labeled "The World's Longest Art Gallery."

On Tuesday, the state division of history announced what it calls a "historic" agreement, hammered out in many hours of monthly meetings over the last year. Those meetings included the energy company, government officials, environmentalists, as well as history and archaeology buffs.

The division said the deal will "allow energy development to go forward while protecting archaeology."

A signing ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 5.

Those of us have driven down and enjoyed this canyon, just a few miles from our property, are glad to see an agreement that seems to protect both parties interests. We hope to visit these historic landmarks for years to come.