Does edit job = big deal?
If a picture says 1,000 words, what does the elimination of 300 words mean?
Some might say it amounted to the evisceration of a comment letter sent by Inyo County to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on the proposed Conglomerate Mine Exploration Project.
The initial draft of the comment letter signed by Board Chairman Mark Tillemans stated, “we are in support of this exploration project” and “look forward to reviewing related mining projects.”
As Erich Warkentine, who gave public comment at the November 14 Board meeting, observed, “The letter … seems to take a ‘mining is good’ position.” Warkentine was one of several members of the public who suggested the letter be more limited in scope to the Environmental Assessment for the project.
What was ultimately submitted to Randall Porter of the BLM’s Ridgecrest Field Office was condensed into two paragraphs: The letter did not take a position for or against.
Friends of the Inyo Executive Director Wendy Schneider deemed the changes significant.
“The Inyo Board of Supervisors’ opinion is very influential with the BLM. I think it [the revised letter] read as … not overly encouraging.”