Submission Number: UBR-DEIS-00270 

Received: 1/5/2021 10:40:37 PM
Commenter: Daniel Astin
State: Utah

Agency: STB
Initiative: Uinta Basin Railway EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
Hello! Let me begin by saying that I understand the need for a railway in this area. It would add a lot of economic opportunity in the Uinta basin area. I understand that the Whitmore park route is the preferred route. As long as the Whitmore Park route is the one that is ultimately chosen, I would support it. However, I recently purchased property along highway 191 and I would not support either the Indian Canyon route or the Wells Draw route as these two routes would have the train run right through my property. I have worked my entire life to finally be able to purchase some recreational property to have to enjoy nature and wildlife and be with my family in peace! If either the Indian Canyon or Wells Draw routes are chosen, it would decimate my property! On my property there are heavy forested areas and wetlands that provide critical habitat for many species of wildlife. If the train goes through it, it will ultimately be destroyed and my land would then be useless to me. I would need to be fairly compensated for the detrimental impact on my land. I have read a lot of comments from people in support of the railroad but how many of those people would still support it if it meant building it right through the middle of your private property? Think about that.... Let me restate that I would support the railroad if the Whitmore Park route(the preferred route) is chosen. I however can't support it if the Wells draw route or Indian Canyon route is chosen. I have worked too long and hard just to see my dream property destroyed.