Port Authority Pretends to Listen

Jack Hedge, Utah Inland Port Authority Director

Once again, the Utah Inland Port Authority is proving that they have no interest in considering public concerns. It has been obvious from the beginning that they want to push this development forward as fast as possible with complete disregard for how it will negatively impact human and ecological health.

This is summed up well in an excellent editorial written by Robert Gehrke:

Sure, the leaders of the port talk a good game. They profess to care what the residents on Salt Lake City’s west side think about the massive development that has been forced on unwilling residents. They pretend to listen and pay lip service to the concerns.

And then, they go about doing exactly what they wanted to do in the first place.

The latest demonstration of this sham process, as reported by my colleague Taylor Stevens last week, is the decision to kick two prominent representatives of west side neighborhoods out of the inland port’s community advisory council, as well as the environment, air quality and sustainability subcommittee.

(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Robert Gehrke.
Robert Gehrke of The Salt Lake Tribune