Heather Dove, president of the Great Salt Lake Audubon Society, front center, speaks during a press conference held west of the Salt Lake City International Airport last October. The group Stop the Polluting Port and other activists question whether the plans for the part should continue because of the economic uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. | Colter Peterson, Deseret News
Port authority official says pandemic’s gridlock strengthens the case for a Utah Inland Port
SALT LAKE CITY — As the coronavirus pandemic continues to cripple the global economy, Utah Inland Port critics are calling on Utah leaders to abandon the concept of the trade hub on about 16,000 acres near Salt Lake City International Airport.
As more and more countries begin closing borders and some states implement shelter-in-place mandates, anti-port groups question if the state and national economy will any longer support a Utah Inland Port with connections in rural counties.
“In light of the economic turmoil we’re experiencing now and the potential for a recession, we’re wondering if it makes sense to be investing in something that was planned for a healthy economy,” said Deeda Seed, a campaigner with the Center for Biological Diversity and a lead organizer of the group Stop the Polluting Port.
“It’s not clear how this is all going to unfold, but I think one of our thoughts is we really should be focusing on what we have already built and the businesses that we already have,” Seed said. “We’re going to be very busy as a society working to restore what we’re losing. So investing in some huge expensive future-orientated thing does not make sense right now, frankly.”
But there’s no indication state leaders intend to stop the port authority.
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