Fantasy Canyon - Teapot formation destroyed

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jcharding
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Fantasy Canyon - Teapot formation destroyed
Jul 3, 2007

This news is somewhat dated, but the search (it worked!) indicated that it hadn't been previously mentioned, and since others may also have been planning on visiting the area, I thought I should point out that the Teapot formation at Fantasy Canyon in Utah has been destroyed.

The BLM report: http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/info/newsroom/2006/09/world_renowned_fantasy.html

A shot of the Teapot:

Fantasy Canyon had received special praise in Laurent Martres' Photographing the Southwest. Not sure if I will head out to this location now...

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In reply to jcharding, Jul 3, 2007

I've never heard of "fantasy" canyon. Is this report for real?

If a group of idiots brought this rare geological formation down, they should be rounded up and forced to sit in "old sparky" for a minute with the power on.

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It would be no surprise if humans did the deed. It is sad but true that some people have zero respect for nature's beauty.
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Official Utah website
In reply to Pikelet, Jul 4, 2007

For those who might like additional information on the area.

http://www.blm.gov/utah/vernal/rec/fantasy.html
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Pikelet wrote:

I've never heard of "fantasy" canyon. Is this report for real?

If a group of idiots brought this rare geological formation down,
they should be rounded up and forced to sit in "old sparky" for a
minute with the power on.

Old Sparky's ready

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In reply to jcharding, Jul 7, 2007

Thanks for passing along the information. What a tragedy. I have passed through Vernal years ago, but I hadn't heard of this place. Now I will never be able to see this inspiring place in all it's glory. Pictures are wonderful, but they are not the same as being there. And unfortunately it matters not as to whether it was a man made demise, or a natural one…the lovely thing is gone. If you have time, head to Landscape Arch in Arches National Park soon as it is next on the list of natural wonders that soon won’t exist. It is nearly the length of a football field and the greatest known natural span. We still have a chance to see it.

All things pass.

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In reply to Jeff Lunt, Jun 7, 2008

Thanks for the info & bad news.

I was reading about this location last night and hoped to visit it in the near future.

Does anyone know if Fantasy Canyon is still worth visiting, now the the main star is gone ?

I hope they've since caught the people responsible and executed them.
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Fantasy Canyon - Teapot formation destroyed by blasting
In reply to jcharding, Jun 18, 2008

Was at Fantasy Canyon last fall. I would submit that the Teapot formation was destroyed because of the blasting in the immediate area. My wife and I were there for several hours and heard and felt blasting from somewhere VERY close by. Fantasy Canyon is a BLM disaster area. It is completely surrounded by oil rigs and drilling equipment and constant heavy truck traffic. Halliburton's white trucks are everywhere.

This is a beautiful 60 million year old formation. Man has completely razed the land for miles and miles around this very small area in under 2 years. It is shameful, disgusting and sad. The investigators at the BLM must be morons. Greed is what made the formation collapse.
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In reply to lgambon, Jun 18, 2008

You may then also thank Bush II for the new, relaxed
rules for what constitutes a "road" annd the opening
up of huge tracts of land in Utah for mineral exploration.

Next comes offshore drilling for oil...probably the real reason
for our high gasoline prices...to soften us up so we'll welcome
oil platforms near our shores. All part of his farewell package
to his buddies in Big Oil (& Haliburton of course).

At least we can keep our SUVs going right?

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lgambon wrote:

Was at Fantasy Canyon last fall. I would submit that the Teapot
formation was destroyed because of the blasting in the immediate
area. My wife and I were there for several hours and heard and felt
blasting from somewhere VERY close by. Fantasy Canyon is a BLM
disaster area. It is completely surrounded by oil rigs and drilling
equipment and constant heavy truck traffic. Halliburton's white
trucks are everywhere.

Might I ask, how did you travel to Fantasy Canyon? Not, I hope, in some gasoline consuming type of vehicle.
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PBasepeterb wrote:

Next comes offshore drilling for oil...probably the real reason
for our high gasoline prices...to soften us up so we'll welcome
oil platforms near our shores. All part of his farewell package
to his buddies in Big Oil (& Haliburton of course).

There are several reasons for the increasing prices of gasoline, few, if any related to the actions of Bush.

1. The US imports something like 29 million barrels of oil a day. Part of the price is established by OPEC, a part by speculators beyond the US control.

2. This administration, and this Congress, as have those in the past, prohibited the building of any new refineries and drilling in the US, in the Alaska preserve, and off shore. Thus making the US more dependent on foreign sources of oil.

3. The US must compete with China and India, and their growing demand for oil, thus driving costs ever upward.

4. This administration, and this Congress, as have those in the past, prohibited the use of Nuclear Power to produce energy.

It is always good to have a straw man to attack because it makes it so much easier to make accusations and not to look at our own behavior, and that of the politicians we have elected over the years. Now the people of the US must make some really difficult decisions regarding the energy situation. Is it best to continue reliance on outside sources for oil? Is there a reasonable expectation for alternate fuels in the next 5 to 10 years? It is apparent that Ethanol, an answer to the farmers' dreams and a wonderful source of votes for politicians, is not going to ease the demand.

It is well to keep in mind that there are no simple answers to complex problems.

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People like you would prefer that we still be in the stoneage. Please get out your rathole and breathe in some reality.

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Anil Sudhakaran wrote:

People like you would prefer that we still be in the stoneage. Please
get out your rathole and breathe in some reality.

.....Why don't you give us a dose of your reality? Or are you only capable of 'no content' responses from your own rathole that have no effect other than to show your own ignorance?

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In reply to lgambon, Jun 18, 2008

Interesting how strongly your political biases affect your vision of an area. I spend an awful lot of time exploring the Utah backcountry, and stay in the area primarily for that purpose. There has been a lot of destruction in recent years, but most I have seen has been done by individuals. You mention “Haliburton”, but I have to wonder why? Did you really see that many of their vehicles? They’re a pretty small subcontractor out here. Most of the equipment is owned by Shell, Exxon, Chevron or Texaco, with several small Utah contractors mixed in.

The original photo that was posted is one I seem to recall having seen in the Fatali exhibit. In these parts, people like him are known to be rather destructive to the environment themselves. Again, most of the destruction I’ve seen comes about from the visitation that takes place once the area is “discovered”. Not so much by the drilling and mining operations which have been out here in force since the 50’s, but by the hordes who arrive once the area makes backpacking, outdoors, photo, or other similar magazines and webpages. It’s easy to try and blame things on “Companies”, governments or the like, but the reality is they’re only groups of people. The problems come about because of individuals.

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Anil Sudhakaran wrote:

People like you would prefer that we still be in the stoneage. Please
get out your rathole and breathe in some reality.

Anil, if you are making a reference to my post I would appreciate an explanation as to why you feel I am in the stone age in a rathole. I am almost old enough to qualify for the stone age and perhaps that is what you mean.

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lgambon wrote:

Was at Fantasy Canyon last fall. I would submit that the Teapot
formation was destroyed because of the blasting in the immediate
area. My wife and I were there for several hours and heard and felt
blasting from somewhere VERY close by. Fantasy Canyon is a BLM
disaster area. It is completely surrounded by oil rigs and drilling
equipment and constant heavy truck traffic. Halliburton's white
trucks are everywhere.

You are aware that the Teapot formation ceased to exist on Sept 19, 2006?

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In reply to jcharding, Jun 19, 2008

I wish people would avoid the politics, name calling, accusations and flaming. There are enough other sites that exist for these purposes.

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In reply to Laurentiu Todie, Jun 19, 2008

There are a lot of political forums, far more than good photo & photo gear sites. The political & social debates and arguments are important, but they're better done elsewhere.

There are too many personal attacks here related to photography already, without adding the other excess baggage. The banter is refreshing, but the ugly stuff gets old fast.

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Chipsthe1 wrote:

2. This administration, and this Congress, as have those in the past,
prohibited the building of any new refineries and drilling in the US,
in the Alaska preserve, and off shore. Thus making the US more
dependent on foreign sources of oil.

http://www.fpif.org/briefs/vol2/v2n4oil.html

Oil from the Persian Gulf accounts for 10% of the oil used in the U.S.

another source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1973_oil_crisis

(somewhat old, though; but the numbers have not changed radically)

This change further strained the Western alliance system, for the United States, which imported only 12% of its oil from the Middle East (compared with 80% for the Europeans and over 90% for Japan),

I do not AT ALL agree that the middle east has ANY significant impact on our energy dependence. at least for the US.

you mean to tell me we can't tighten our belts, increase efficiency and lower things here by 10% then we could LEAVE the middle east entirely, at least in terms of oil.

the rest of the world needs the middle east (for oil) far more than the US does.

4. This administration, and this Congress, as have those in the past,
prohibited the use of Nuclear Power to produce energy.

it competes with the oil revenues. duh!

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