Submission Number: UBR-DEIS-00228 

Received: 12/20/2020 9:54:00 AM
Commenter: Darrell Fordham
Organization: Argyle Wilderness Preservation Alliance
State: Utah

Agency: STB
Initiative: Uinta Basin Railway EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
Hi Darrell, I hope you are doing well. Please find attached a Notice that was issued this morning by the Surface Transportation Board announcing a 45-day extension to the public comment period for the Uinta Basin Railway Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The extended public comment period will end on January 28, 2021. Thank you as always for your participation in the Board’s environmental review process for this project. Best, Josh Joshua Wayland, PhD Environmental Protection Specialist Office of Environmental Analysis Surface Transportation Board 202.245.0330

Hi Josh, Yes I got the notification yesterday. Thanks for sending me a copy. I am admittedly disappointed that the Board only granted a 45-day extension. It is very difficult for someone like me to run 3 businesses, take care of my family and volunteer responsibilities, and also find time to read and responsibly and effectively respond to the Draft EIS. I don’t think the Board really understands that most of the public isn’t getting paid to review and respond to documents like this. It becomes quite burdensome and, in my opinion, does a great disservice to the public by choosing not to allow sufficient time for substantive, detailed public comments. Probably outside of your ability to control, but perhaps you can pass along my feedback to those who make these decisions. Thanks, Darrell