Submission Number: UBR-DEIS-00167 

Received: 12/7/2020 3:48:18 PM
Commenter: Louise Thompson
State: Utah

Agency: STB
Initiative: Uinta Basin Railway EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
For the Uintah Basin to have the opportunity to stabilize and diversify our economy is so important. A stable community and opportunity available to grow is the upmost importance for the success of a community. The inability to prosper kills communities. Fossil fuels being one of the only industry in our area limits the stability where fossil fuel is so unstable of a commodity. Having another means of transportation would be a game changer, providing opportunity for other industry and manufacturing to stabilize the Unitah Basin. The Railroad will also stabilize or fossil fuel industry with it providing availability to other markets. A stable market and economy brings more taxable revenue which then in turn helps the State's and the US economy. In my point of view this out weighs the minimal negative impacts. Without tax dollars public lands can not be maintained, without other means of transport roads would need to be expanded. Relaying on roads for transport increases the likelihood of more accidents that can cause large environmental impacts, unlike the minimal probability of accidents happening with the Railroad. I, being a resident of the Uintah Basin, am very much for the opportunity of having a Railroad.