Researching Junction, Utah, with the support of the Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers (, heightened my awareness of the controversies inherent in government agency oversight of public lands in the Uintah Basin, northeast Utah. This New York Times article sums up the oil-drilling scene in that state very well:

It’s a conflict between short-term prosperity for some and long-term preservation of a universally important wilderness.


Petroglyphs in Desolation Canyon, Utah. Panels like these can be fractured and destroyed by the seismic activity related to oil exploration.

Those of us who love the basin for its wildness and solace, qualities we despair over losing in the West, know that our thirst for oil threatens these life-saving elements of the outdoors.

I began work on Junction decades ago to use story to bring light to these little-known, endangered places. My work progressed slowly as I struggled with learning the novel form, but the book is scheduled for release within weeks. Today, in 2012, the controversies on those public lands are better known and, yes, even written about in journals like the New York Times. 


1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

One response to “Desolation

  1. Thank you, Becca, for keeping us aware. Can’t wait to read of the conflict in story form: Come on, Junction, Utah!!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s