Submission Number: UBR-DEIS-00451-0165
Received: 1/27/2021 12:00:00 AM
Commenter: Marcus Pegasus
Initiative: Uinta Basin Railway EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
I urge you to choose the no-action alternative for the proposed Uinta Basin Railway. You know the maxim: 'first do no harm.' Undoubtedly the ~current~ plan for the project would cause oodles of harm. Everyone agrees that the proposed railway would do irreparable harm to our region's air, water, land and wildlife and, under the current plans, your moral conscience dictates to YOU that it should not be built. This draft environmental impact statement totally fails at what it's supposed to do: assess the harm this oil railway could have on the environment, wildlife and nearby communities. Traversing roadless areas, steep canyons and rugged terrain, the railway will degrade more than 10,000 acres of habitat for migratory wildlife and will harm important habitat needed by the rare greater sage grouse and the endangered Barnaby ridge-cress. The preferred project route would run almost the entire length of Utah's Indian Canyon Creek, crossing and degrading more than 400 streams and important wetlands along the Price River - harming the semi-arid state's precious perennial waterways. In Colorado, the project could mean reopening a rail line through scenic Tennessee Pass, despoiling scenic lands and wildlife habitat to get oil trains to the Gulf Coast. Mile-long oil trains could rip through sensitive areas like Browns Canyon, a rugged 22,000-acre national monument designated in 2015 to protect one of the wildest stretches of the Arkansas River. Finally the Uinta Basin Railway would harm people who live and recreate in both states. This project is an unacceptable threat to the health, safety and well-being of wildlife, humans and the planet. Please choose the no-action alternative.