Men Who Recorded Themselves Destroying Priceless Rock Formation May Face Felony Charges [VIDEO]
A group of men who destroyed a 200 million year old rock formation in Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park could face federal charges.
According to the three men, they were hiking in the park when they noticed a loose rock formation they thought might pose a danger to other hikers. In a video the group uploaded to Facebook, one man can be seen leveraging himself against a rock and pushing the formation over. The men feel they were performing a “civic service”, but officials don’t see it that way.
The rock formations in the park, known as “goblins”, are around 20 million years old. Utah State Parks officials are taking the matter very seriously, and are even considering pressing very serious charges.
Eugene Swalberg, a spokesperson for the agency, told reporters, “It is not only wrong, but there will be consequences. This is highly inappropriate. This is not what you do at state parks. It’s disturbing and upsetting.”
Deputy Emery County Attorney Brent Langston said the men involved could face class B misdemeanor or even second-degree felony charges for the destruction of the rock formation depending on how much it is valued.
The man who actually toppled the structure, Glenn Taylor, said that he and the other two men are leaders of a local Boy Scout troop, and that they decided to knock the formation over after noticing other hikers traversing a nearby trail, fearing they might be injured.
"I put my hand on a rock and it moved," Taylor said. "While we were sitting right there we thought, ‘Man if this rock falls it’ll kill them.’ I didn’t have to push hard."
Swalberg feel that’s no excuse for destroying the goblin formation, which he says won’t be able to be restored. He conceded that area rock formations will someday fall on their own, but “that doesn’t mean we go and push over Delicate Arch because we’re afraid it’s going to topple.”
Taylor, meanwhile, says he has not been contacted by any authorities. The video has received negative feedback from some and praise from others.
“The issue is we did it,” Taylor said. “I wish we wouldn’t have.”
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