On a flight from Denver to Albuquerque, New Mexico, I looked out to see the Sand Dunes National Monument in Colorado and the Creststone Needle...a 14,000' peak that I climbed a wonderful rock route a lifetime ago (my friends and I ended up spending the night on the summit and had a rather epic descent the next day when we got lost and had to rappel (and rappel, and rappel) down another ascent route). The area is spectacularly beautiful and relatively uninhabited. I was thrilled to see it from the air!
Thus, it was much to my surprise that I saw what looked like oil/gas exploration roads/drilling pads throughout the area. In what looked like platted out cul-de-sacs carved into the dry earth, I think these are drill platforms seemingly organized in a systematic way through the landscape.
Can anyone verify this?
If they are, it's a wake-up call to our unsustainable lifestyle when our natural resource needs scar relatively pristine earth!