GCPBA RiverNews 07/04/12 - Last Minute Maneuver Scuttles Canyon Quiet
From Lynn Hamilton - Grand Canyon River Guides
Calling all Park Advocates:
Don't know if you saw the AZ Republic front page headline the other day, but Congress (mainly Senators McCain and Kyl and Congressman Gosar in the House of Representatives) has basically torpedoed the Overflights EIS by sneaking in an amendment to the enormous transportation bill that just passed. The amendment basically locks in the status quo and may negate any improvements the park would make in the yet-to-be-released Final EIS and Record of Decision. You can read the article here:
There is a fact sheet and a more complete story at: http://gcpba.org/2012/07/04/last-minute-maneuver-scuttles-canyon-quiet/
We're asking for park advocates like you to write letters to the editors to their local newspapers expressing your thoughts (disbelief, displeasure, outrage, all of the above...) about this end run by Congress, the enormous waste of taxpayer dollars, and the disenfranchisement of all of us who weighed in on the draft EIS in order to restore natural quiet in our icon park. Why should noisy commercial air tours be allowed to damage the Grand Canyon's natural quiet?
To make things easy, here are a few links to the "letter to the editor" forms for newspapers that may be in your area:
Arizona Daily Sun: http://azdailysun.com/html_c0113bdc-e0b2-11e0-b7b2-001cc4c002e0.html
Prescott Daily Courier: http://www.prescottaz.com/Formlayout.asp?formcall=userform&form=1
Las Vegas Sun: http://www.lasvegassun.com/contact/letters/
Salt Lake City Tribune: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/help/ (scroll down for instructions)
If you don't see your newspaper listed here, it is easy just to Google it. GCRG has members in all fifty states, so lets' do a media blitz!
And if you'd also like to decry this Congressional sneak attack and "end run" around the EIS process direct to your Congressional representatives, you can do so at: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
This was a complete surprise to the NPS and indeed to many other Congressional representatives who are environmental friends as well. It remains to be seen how the NPS will respond and what the fate of the EIS will be. But we're not ready to give up....
Thanks for your help and please forward as you see fit.
Grand Canyon River Guides
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