Congress grills BLM on Clear Creek

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Looks like Ken Deeg’s efforts to get Clear Creek reopened are paying off. After Deeg presented him with the same info published on HFL, Congressman Rob Bishop (R – Utah), the chair of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, confronted the director of the BLM at a hearing. This could be the beginning of a reversal of the emergency closure.

Here’s a video clip from the hearing. Make sure you read Ken’s original article, How the federal government falsified evidence to close a dirt bike paradise.

  • Jason

    keep our fingers crossed for some logical thinkers to review the closure.

  • Brammofan

    When did this hearing take place? EDIT: Found it. It was on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. More info:

    • Wes Siler

      The 8th. Ken says Bishop actually asked him for a list of questions to ask the BLM guy.

      Christ, I wrote this article before I was fully awake. Let me rephrase some of the above.

  • Bitgeist Racing

    I wish they would do the same thing down here in Florida for Biscayne Bay National Park. They used completely BS “studies” to brand personal water craft as the most polluting vessels in the world and use that to ban them from the park. The park is almost entirely comprised of a large bay through which the intercostal waterway passes. The only vessels banned are PWC’s, not 50 foot yachts or any other powerboat. The biggest environmental issues in the park are boaters running over manatees and boaters running a ground and tearing up the sea grass beds and other fragile eco systems. So, of course, ban the vessel with no propeller to cut up a manatee, the least amount of mass to crush them, the greatest amount of maneuverability to avoid them, the shallowest draft and the least chance of someone driving it while drinking a beer or conversing with the hooker they brought along. in 2000 a group of environmentalists presented a study to the park that claimed that PWC’s polluted more than automobiles and got them banned. I wonder how they used that to justify banning them but not a 150 foot Bertram yacht with twin 1300 hp Volvo Penta Diesels that draws 8 feet, has 2 large propellers, needs about 50 feet of room to stop and can’t turn to avoid anything. Just in case you wonder why I’m so bitter. I was actually snorkeling in the park with a line pulling my Honda 4 stroke PWC along on the surface. A park ranger was ticketing some idiot in the aforementioned Bertram for running a ground in the park. After he was done, he came over to me and proceeded to chew me out and gave me a $100 ticket. Technically he gave the ticket to my fictitious imaginary rabbit but he still tried.

    Ok, I’m done venting

  • Beale

    Did I just hear a Congressman say “I lied”?

    I keed! I’m glad that this is moving so quickly. Thank you, Ken, for all that you’ve done.

  • Devin

    The picture of people in white suits and gas masks riding in the middle of nowhere is very Zombie apocolypse.

  • gregorbean

    I don’t know if I’d call that being “grilled,” but hey, it’s a start.