The Central Wasatch Commission Issues Statement on Tree Farm LLC’s Proposed Open Air Mine in Parleys Canyon
Following its March Board meeting, the Central Wasatch Commission issued a statement on Tree Farm LLC’s Proposed Open Air Mine in Parley’s Canyon. Chair of the Central Wasatch Commission Board, Christopher F. Robinson said, “The Central Wasatch Commission has collectively released a statement opposing the construction of Tree Farm LLC’s proposed open air mine in Parley’s Canyon, which would pose a threat to the environmental health of the canyon and the larger ecosystem of the Central Wasatch Mountains.”
The Commission’s statement is included below.
The Central Wasatch Commission (CWC) is an interlocal government entity whose Board includes the mayors of several municipalities and leaders of governmental service providers in and adjacent to the Central Wasatch. The CWC also includes a 35-member advisory Stakeholders Council representing economic, environmental, recreation, transportation, and community interests. Core values and tenants of the CWC include preserving and protecting the critical resources of the Central Wasatch.
Tree Farm LLC’s proposed open air mining site lies within the geographic boundaries and area of great interest for the CWC. The member jurisdictions of the CWC are concerned about the negative impacts on the air quality, watershed, visitor experience, visual quality, flora and fauna of an open air mine in Parleys Canyon. The fugitive dust emissions from proposed mining uses in Parleys Canyon have the potential to contaminate the Salt Lake City regional watershed and neighboring reservoirs posing a considerable threat to the health, safety, and general welfare of Salt Lake Valley residents and water users. The added demand for water usage at the mine will put a greater strain on the water system and deliver it to water customers. Additional mining emissions will have a negative impact on the regional air quality by adding harmful particulates to the airshed. Massive landscapes and ecosystems can potentially be harmed, impacting the native wildlife. The overall potential negative impacts from this project would lead to deterioration of a prominent gateway into the Salt Lake Valley and on the quality of life to the region.
The CWC opposes such a large-scale open air mine and supports future policy that will minimize or eliminate future mining activities in the Central Wasatch that have a negative impact on the quality of life. A policy direction the CWC recommends to Salt Lake County is to remove mining in the FCOZ through the proposed amendment. This policy adjustment is a step in the right direction to protect the Central Wasatch Mountains.
Commissioner Chris Robinson, Chair Commissioner Erin Mendenhall, Co-Chair
Summit County Councilmember Salt Lake City Mayor
Commissioner Mike Weichers Commissioner Monica Zoltanski
Cottonwood Heights Mayor Sandy City Mayor
Commissioner Jeff Silvestrini Commissioner Max Doilney
Millcreek Mayor Park City Councilmember
Commissioner Roger Bourke Commissioner Dan Knopp
Town of Alta Mayor Town of Brighton Mayor