Utah's Disappearing Salt Flats Cause Controversy

A well-attended racing event was cancelled for the second year in a row on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Organizers are worried the salt flats might never be the same.
August 4, 2015, 2pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Reporting for the Associated, Michelle L. Price shares concerns of some Utah residents that mining operations are draining the aquifer that replenishes the famous Bonneville Salt Flats. The report focuses on an annual Speed Week event held in Wendover, which is at risk because organizers believe that the flats are shrinking.

According to Price's coverage, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which oversees the flats, doesn't believe the flats are shrinking. The article goes into more detail about the uncertain future of this famous physical feature.

Emma Penrod reported on the cancellation of Speed Week in July, including a jab by the racers at the mining industry and the BLM for their effect on the salt flats.

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Published on Saturday, August 1, 2015 in Associated Press via Detroit Free Press
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