Submission Number: UBR-DEIS-00339
Received: 1/18/2021 5:24:33 PM
Commenter: Danielle Droitsch
Organization: Time for You Coaching
Initiative: Uinta Basin Railway EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
I urge you to choose the no action alternative given harmful impacts to air, water, land and wildlife resources.The draft EIS failed in a number of ways to consider the full impact that new UBR-caused exploration, drilling, production and eventual combustion of fossil fuels will have on the environment, wildlife, and nearby communities. This production, potentially four times the current amount, will contribute irreversibly to increased greenhouse gas emissions. Our climate is already at a tipping point. My primary concern is the cumulative impacts of the project on air quality in the Uinta basin where we already exceed federal standards because of existing oil and gas development.It will harm wildlife as the proposed routes traverse roadless areas, steep canyons, and rugged terrain. Over 10,000 acres of big game habitat will be impacted. The route also impacts 1600 acres of Greater sage grouse habitat, and areas inhabited by the endangered Barnaby ridge-cress. I am also concerned with how the preferred project alignment would run almost the entire length of Indian Canyon Creek, a precious perennial waterways in our semi-arid state.