Submission Number: UBR-DEIS-00534 

Received: 2/1/2021 9:52:14 PM
Commenter: Rhonda McKenna
State: Utah

Agency: STB
Initiative: Uinta Basin Railway EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
After listening to the Podcast I am very concerned about the environmental impact this will have on the Uintah Basin. During the height of the last boom around 2012-2015 our air quality was the worst in the state and rivaled places like Los Angeles, California. We had low birth weights and higher miscarriage levels. We also have the highest rate of lung cancer in the State. With increased oil and natural gas production I am very concerned about returning to a state of very poor air quality. Also what about water use for fracking. We live in the arid West and Utah does not have water to spare. What about the water that is being tainted with carcinogenic fracturing chemicals that now is being put in the ground and not viable for daily use such as drinking water. Frack water use also competes with agricultural water use. What are your solutions for these issues. There must be a cap on what can be produced that balances the health of the local community as well VS. profit.