Submission Number: UBR-DEIS-00298 -- Oral Comment at Public Meeting 

Received: 11/19/2020 12:00:00 PM
Commenter: Daniel Mauchley

Agency: STB
Initiative: Uinta Basin Railway EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
Yes. Can you hear me?


Thank you.· I appreciate it. I am Daniel Mauchley from Roosevelt, Utah.· Thanks for saying my name right. · · · · ·Just want to second almost everything that Mike just said.· I think that's very appreciated.· And I am aware -- I work at the library, and I have, you know, been helping people who are being affected by the railway, no matter what route's taken, on their properties, and helping them find information on the EIS and things like that.· And there's no doubt that that's going to affect some people.· And we heard from one tonight. · · · · ·

And I think whatever happens, there needs to be adequate compensation.· And, I don't know.· There's no way to make this without some loss.· And so there's -- I don't want to be bullish about that.· · · · ·

But I must say that I think having lived in the basin and seeing the up and down of the primary residents here who work and keep this community going and this county going and the Uinta Basin, our neighboring counties -- you know, the roads are good, but it's -- this will definitely change things.· And it will not only make the oil better but, as mentioned, some of the other things.· · · · ·

Like, for example, we're trying to build a new library here in Roosevelt.· And there is big concern over the cost of materials and just transporting that stuff to get it out here.· It's a big problem that's increasing the costs of our projects that -- we'd like to offer similar things to our residents here, but it comes with an extra tag price.· So hopefully, the rail line would help with something like that. ·I would look forward to some increased stability that the rail line would bring.· It certainly would affect -- I don't know how it would affect traffic on our road.· I think we would still see a lot of local traffic back and forth from that terminal.· But overall, I think this will be a positive thing.· And I wanted to add my voice to that. · · · · ·

And it's not just about the oil, I think there's other things that will positively come out of this for those that live here all the time.· And hopefully impacts on the environment and things like that will be mitigated -- and on primary residents that are being affected by it.· Whatever can be done to mitigate that for everybody would be the best.· Thank you.