The site has sat dormant since a fatal propane explosion on the night of July 31, 1981 that killed four people and injured several others who were camping at the Slickrock Campground next door. A plant manager credited with preventing a wholesale conflagration was seriously burned
Investigators determined the huge fireball was caused when lightning struck a feeder line. The explosion forced the evacuation of about 3,000 residents.
The timeshare project has been permitted and all soils testing has passed muster with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, according to the City of Moab Planning Department.
Steven Goldsmith, spokesperson for WorldMark-Wyndham at the company’s headquarters in Orlando, Florida, told The Times-Independent the company would make a formal announcement about the project in February.