BLM seeks commentary on controversial 'copter shuttle to Mineral Bottom strip
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Ben Black pilots a helicopter from Pinnacle Air west of Canyonlands Field Airport. Pinnacle is seeking a BLM special recreation permit for a commercial helicopter shuttle service between the airport and the Mineral Bottom airstrip. 	                           Photo by Greg Knight
Ben Black pilots a helicopter from Pinnacle Air west of Canyonlands Field Airport. Pinnacle is seeking a BLM special recreation permit for a commercial helicopter shuttle service between the airport and the Mineral Bottom airstrip. Photo by Greg Knight
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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Moab Field Office is seeking public comments on an environmental assessment (EA) analyzing the potential impacts of issuing a Special Recreation Permit to Pinnacle Air for a commercial helicopter shuttle service between Canyonlands Field Airport and the Mineral Bottom airstrip in Grand County.

The proposed shuttle service would expand options for river put-in and take-out at the Mineral Bottom river access area, near the confluence of Mineral and Labyrinth canyons. The proposal includes a maximum of three people per flight and up to one flight per week, based on user demand. The EA includes a detailed analysis of potential impacts to other recreational users and wildlife.

The EA is available for public review via the ePlanning website: go.usa.gov/xnKfj. Comments may be submitted through Thursday, Dec. 7 directly through the website or by mail. Comments will be considered in finalizing the EA, which will serve as the basis for making a decision to approve or deny this request.​

​Written comments may be mailed to: Bureau of Land Management Moab Field Office, Attn: Pinnacle SRP/Misti Haines, 82 East Dogwood, Moab, UT 84535.

​Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment — including personal identifying information — may be made publicly available at any time. Requests to withhold personal identifying information from public review can be submitted, but the BLM cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so. The BLM will not consider anonymous comments. All submissions from organizations and businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses, will be available for public inspection in their entirety.

For more information about this project, contact Misti Haines at 435-259-2100. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to leave a message or ask a question. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Replies are provided during normal business hours.​

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