Submission Number: UBR-DEIS-00010 

Received: 11/1/2020 8:20:26 AM
Commenter: B Huberty
State: Minnesota

Agency: STB
Initiative: Uinta Basin Railway EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
Overall the EIS is one of the more comprehensive ones I have seen. Minor Comment: The vegetation sections are very weak. They should include species, size and density descriptions. Also keep in mind the NWI maps are generally 35 years old and should be noted a little more but kudos to doing a more intensive survey as described. I did not see any snow avalanche impact potential.Major Comment: STB should also include the Highway transportation options because over time, those impacts will be significantly greater over time. The footprint of roads are at least twice as much as railroads and the long term impacts of pollution and permanent loss of habitat are exponentially higher for most categories.