The Great Salt Lake Debate: Can Birds and Potash Coexist?
The incremental expansion isn't satisfying to her group, either. “They say this [phased] approach will allow for impacts on the lake to be monitored before the next phase commences,” de Freitas said in the press release. “Rather than making sure we understand those impacts properly in advance, as the law requires, they now propose to develop first and study the effects later. By then it may be too late to protect the Lake.”
Nothing is yet set in stone yet, however. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must complete a draft environmental impact statement on the project alternative to see if any revisions are necessary. To de Freitas, the main question boils down to, “what’s the overall bottom line value here?” In other words, is the salt (and potash) worth its lake?
*this sentence was amended at 4:34 pm on 11/17/10.