Dec 16, 2012

Not the mountain in question.  I took this on our cruise to Alaska.

No matter what someone tries to do or build these days, there is a group to oppose it for one reason or another. The arguments of the opposition range from the valid to the specious, depending upon your point of view.  Some seem reasonable until you let the emotion clear and think about it a bit.

Here in the Southwest US we have a lot of Native American folks and they have a lot of objections when it comes to building stuff.  After all, they do have history on their side when it comes to getting the short end of the development game.

Near Flagstaff, AZ. there is a skiing operation that wanted to build a pipeline to bring in water to feed snow-making equipment. And because water is scarce in the area, the plan was to bring in treated waste water from Flagstaff.

Well, the Navajo Nation went ballistic, legally speaking.  They didn't want the pipeline built at all and for sure they didn't want treated waste water dumped on what they consider sacred land.  They don't own the land, (see paragraph 2), so they claimed a sacred interest in the deal.

It seems that Katchina was born at the base of the very mountain where the waste water, turned snow, turned waste water was likely to ultimately flow. Try making the sacred birthplace argument if you are a Lutheran or a follower of another sketchy religious figure.  But I digress.

Legally, the Navajo lost in court and the pipeline will be turned on shortly, according to the news.

So, here is where the thinking about it a bit comes in.

Isn't all the water around up essentially treated waste water?  We all know that a bear does in fact sh*t in the woods.   Ask anyone.

Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky


Steve Reed said...

That's a good point -- but the greater question might be whether it's wise to try to operate a ski resort where there's not enough natural snow. (And probably diminishing amounts in years to come!)

The Bug said...

I agree with Steve - seems like this will end up being an unprofitable enterprise!