Submission Number: UBR-DEIS-00283 -- Oral Comment at Public Meeting 

Received: 11/16/2020 12:00:00 PM
Commenter: Ray Dillman

Agency: STB
Initiative: Uinta Basin Railway EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text


Okay.· My name is Ray Dillman, and I own a piece of property in the Argyle Canyon area, 160 acres, and I have a beautiful cabin on that property and my family has enjoyed it for years. · · · · · · The proposed -- all three of the routes will climb right past -- right through my property and into a tunnel right there, and we're concerned -- I'm concerned and my family is concerned that -- we've seen at our cabin an abundance of wildlife, including black bears, deer, elk, owls, that the -- sage grouse, golden eagles, and even a mountain lion.

And like I say, we spend a lot of time there, and right where the railroad goes, there is also a stream that has been damned off, and there are beavers that live there, and we've seen them this fall.· And the proposed railway would directly impinge and destroy -- or, at least, alter that for us.· · · · · · We are very concerned that the construction and the -- and then the future noise and the impact from the many railcars coming and going and the vibrations and -- would definitely drive away the wildlife and ruin the area for us, as far as enjoyment of our cabin and our property.· And this damage would be permanent as the railway would be there for many, many years. · · · · · · And it is such a richly diverse habitat, and we have come to know it and love it, and I would like to just register mine and my family's concern.· And we would prefer it didn't -- it didn't happen.· So as far as our enjoyment and what we've come to -- one of our most prized things is that. · · · · · · So anyway, that's my comment for today.