I wonder when our brilliant Sen. Mike Lee was last in North Dakota. He recently told the Utah Eagle Forum that if the oil and natural gas deposits on Utah's public lands could be exploited more fully, that Utah could become another North Dakota ("Eagle Forum has warnings on debt ceiling, abortion, preschool," Tribune, Jan. 13).
My son goes regularly to North Dakota. For months, he has been commenting on drilling-central Williston, N.D., and the horrible living conditions and environmental mess made by the oil companies. "Awful," "disgusting," and "toilet of the world" are his most frequent descriptive words. His and co-workers' motto is: Get there, get the job done, and get out.
This is not what I want for Utah. As a native of Duchesne County, I know the beauty of the Uinta Basin and I do not want to see it destroyed.