The area to the east is now protected in the Owens River Headwaters Wilderness, effectively killing the ski area expansion described here http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/152690/san-joaquin-mountain.html and eliminating motorized vehicles north of Deadman Pass. See http://www.friendsoftheinyo.org/foi/gallery/v/sitephotos/wilderness_proposals/owens/orhwbig.jpg.html for approx. boundaries of the new Wilderness Area.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe