Submission Number: UBR-DEIS-00074 

Received: 12/2/2020 6:15:24 PM
Commenter: William Ingalls
State: Utah

Agency: STB
Initiative: Uinta Basin Railway EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
If this Railroad was not so serious it would be funny. The fact that millions of dollars have been diverted from Community impact funds to subsidize the oil and gas industry should be criminal. From the standpoint of air quality in the basin, it doesn't make sense that since we cannot meet Federal standards due to oil and gas development, some are suggesting a four fold increase in production. For the past 13 years my neighborhood friends and I have suffered through, and basically been at the mercy of which way the wind is blowing. A foul odor which many describe as a "dirty and dusty garage smell" burns the eyes and dries the sinuses on a mild day. Nauseating and suffocating at it's worse. The source seems to be an industry hazardous waste disposal site directly south west of us. For the past 8 years I have marked a calendar of the date, duration and intensity of the pollution. I have also alerted the health department on particularly heavy days. I have not read the DEIS yet but have one thought I feel should not be left out. With climate at a tipping point due to fossil fuel burning and greenhouse emissions, the EIS should carefully consider the full impact of exploration, drilling and production, along with the eventual combustion of these fuels on climate and the environment. As a resident of the Uintah Basin I firmly express my opposition to this misguided project.