Pretty scars: National Geographic films the gas drilling. High Country News Blog.

It shows what’s going better than my few still photos.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

2 Responses to Pretty scars: National Geographic films the gas drilling

  1. Anthony Criscola says:

    What price energy? It’s a crying shame.

    In the broad sprectum of human feeling it amazes me that so many people just don’t give a damn.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    My humble opinion is that people don’t care about destroying what little wilderness we have left because they have never experienced it. Why do people need to care about things with which they have no direct experience or knowledge?

    A person using natural gas to heat their home in Houston, TX who hasn’t had a memorable wilderness experience probably will have no reason to care about wilderness/wildlife/habitat conservation. I am not slamming these people; it is just not part of their experience.

    This is why community outreach and education regarding conservation is so important. Taking people out in nature and having them experience it can change priorities.



‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey