Submission Number: UBR-DEIS-00032
Received: 11/16/2020 5:46:35 PM
Commenter: Sally Weigel
Initiative: Uinta Basin Railway EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
I am writing to express my strong opposition to the Uinta Basin Railway. With this project, 28 million dollars of public funds will be used to the benefit of oil companies and to the detriment of our public health. This railway will greatly increase oil and gas extraction in the region, which we know will poison the Uinta Basin's air and water and harm people and wildlife. We are investing in a risky and harmful project and essentially giving an interest-free loan to a private industry. Those funds should be used to benefit our communities, not benefit extractive industries. We need to stop all projects that will further promote oil and gas extraction as we have essentially ten years to combat the worst effects of climate change. The fact that we are looking to give more funds to an industry that only harms us is extremely unnerving. We need to be putting our funds into clean, renewable energy and if anything, high speed rail that transports people, not more oil and gas.