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    Quote Originally Posted by texasdw View Post
    Thanksgiving break I rode from Houston to Carlsbad, just to spend the day in the cavern. I unsuspectedly just took that darn road because it was a straight shot and I had no idea. Death highway. Never again buddy, never again. The heck of it is if you go to Van Horn then due north it's one of the most beautiful roads I've ridden.
    It is a nice route, indeed. From Alpine to Carlsbad it is only 30 miles further through Van Horn compared to through Pecos. Time-wise it might be a wash depending on traffic. And considering safety it is a no-brainer. It appears to me that at some point in the not too distant future, entire counties could be Superfund sites. The environmental degradation is horrendous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by texasdw View Post
    Thanksgiving break I rode from Houston to Carlsbad, just to spend the day in the cavern. I unsuspectedly just took that darn road because it was a straight shot and I had no idea. Death highway. Never again buddy, never again. The heck of it is if you go to Van Horn then due north it's one of the most beautiful roads I've ridden.
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    Well, now you know! And as you discovered, there is a better choice.

    As Paul also mentions, the environmental impact in this area will be a world lesson at some point which is a sad thing to see. Hoping Balmorhea Springs survive the onslaught.
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    The other thing I kept thinking while down in the cavern is how all this drilling/ fracking etc might end up impacting the caverns. Carlsbad cavern is only one of the many in the area, and many are still being explored, not open to the public, and a potential wealth of scientific information. Kinda frightening to think how "progress" might be colliding with those natural resources, and how, really there is just so much unknown yet, both about the caverns, and about the impact of the oil boom on all those environmental features.

    Mind you, I'm no environmentalist, but it just seems like there's so little consideration given to these issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texasdw View Post
    The other thing I kept thinking while down in the cavern is how all this drilling/ fracking etc might end up impacting the caverns. Carlsbad cavern is only one of the many in the area, and many are still being explored, not open to the public, and a potential wealth of scientific information. Kinda frightening to think how "progress" might be colliding with those natural resources, and how, really there is just so much unknown yet, both about the caverns, and about the impact of the oil boom on all those environmental features.

    Mind you, I'm no environmentalist, but it just seems like there's so little consideration given to these issues.
    On the contrary, the geology of the area has been extensively studied ... to provide for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, where lots of nuclear waste is being stored underground.

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    We are doomed.
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