Submission Number: UBR-DEIS-00053 

Received: 11/29/2020 2:39:39 PM
Commenter: Paul Zuckerman
State: Utah

Agency: STB
Initiative: Uinta Basin Railway EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
Dear Board, I vehemently oppose the proposal to build the Uinta Basin Railway for all the environmental damage that will result. It will intrude into pristine animal habitat and waterways in our state. Animal corridors for migration and mating will be disrupted. This would follow a trend of human encroachment on wildlife habitat that promotes the threat of extinction. The expense of burning fossil fuels to our planets health and its inhabitants and the financial impacts of cleaning up our air, water and soil in the wake of transporting it and burning it is far greater than the short term gains realized by those who stand to profit. Shipping it by rail to remote parts of the world does not lessen these negative impacts on the country of origin. I stand firmly against any effort to provide life support to a fuel source that markets have shown is not economically viable on its own. This welfare effort must stop and let this source fend for itself, as all products must, in the world of economic reality and the court of public opinion. The permanent costs of this project to our natural lands and species must take precedence over human ambition. Respectfully, Paul Zuckerman Salt Lake City, Utah