Reference: Uproar over drilling leases next to US parks, Bangkok Post, November 19, 2008
The reason for the uproar by environmentalists over the leasing of government lands in Utah for oil drilling is reported in the Post as follows: "If you are standing at Delicate Arch, like thousands of people do every year, and you're looking through the arch, you could see drill pads on the hillside behind it" (Uproar over drilling leases next to US parks, Bangkok Post, November 19, 2008). The irony is that all of those thousands of arch viewers drove oil fueled automobiles for hours through the moonscape of Utah to get there. Without oil they would not be there in the first place. Since they have bought into the oil economy they may as well get a glimpse of the activity - many kilometers away - that made it possible for them to see the blessed arch.