Submission Number: UBR-DEIS-00491 

Received: 1/28/2021 4:33:57 PM
Commenter: Elaine Wolff
State: Colorado

Agency: STB
Initiative: Uinta Basin Railway EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
The threat posed by the transportation of heavy crude through this irreplaceable scenic area far outweighs any economic benefit. Public use of this area for fishing, rafting, hiking and more has grown exponentially over the past ten years and now supports a vibrant sustainable economy in several scenic small towns in the area (this past summer use spiked because of Covid-19 travel restrictions; many of those visitors have now "discovered" the area and will be back). The area has largely recovered from the mining pollution and scars of a century ago, and is now a timeless resource for future generations. Oil, on the other hand, is in its sunset phase. A focus on present value and future generations requires a rejection of this commercial rail use. Thank you.