Southern Red Sands (SRS) has decided to give up its plans for a frac sand mine in the plateau just above Kanab, based on a “feasibility assessment”. The frac sand mine did not appear economically viable due to low frac sand prices and a glut in the market.
SRS had been negotiating with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary for some time. SRS and Best Friends issued a joint statement today saying that they will work together in the months ahead to develop a plan to use the land to which SRS now holds claims to best preserve the land, water, and wildlife habitat of the area.
This is the outcome that we all had hoped for and put in many hours of work over the last year. The decision to pull out removes this threat to the future of Kanab and the surrounding area. We should be thankful that Kem Gardner chose the best path forward and to Best Friends for its work in pushing him to reach an agreement.
For more information, see KUER’s news story.