Submission Number: UBR-DEIS-00670 

Received: 2/12/2021 4:50:45 PM
Commenter: Missy Peck
State: Utah

Agency: STB
Initiative: Uinta Basin Railway EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
I'm in opposition to the Uinta Basin Railway for many reasons, First, I want to protect the sage grouse along Whitmore & Emma Park and the Forest Grouse in the higher elevations. Second, air quality by Train usage & upping the production of oil to make the railway worthwhile. The Basin as already operating at max air quality levels. Third, the transportation of Utah/US oil being taken to the coast to be shipped over seas, is a waste when we (the US) are buying oil from over seas. Fourth, the destruction of the Indian Canyon /Ashley Nat. Forest area in the name of progress. the type of construction it will take to construct this project will destroy this area, its water sheds & springs, it's animal population and the potential for fire would most certainly destroy human lives as well. Fifth, The SCIC board already has lawsuits against the board from environmental organizations. They also illegally used funds from the CIB board which they are supposed to pay back. I can certainly think of better uses to build up the Basins economy with 1.3 billion dollars, than a rail line that only the Oil Companies and a few select businesses will use. It WILL NOT Benefit the Citizens of the Basin. Finally, The Democratic administration will never let it see completion. Just like the Huge Pipeline case that's going on right now. What a waste of Tax Payers Money! Not to mention, The same people that are heading the Uinta Basin Railway Project are the same people who built the Highway to nowhere that to this day has never been completed. You can google it if you like. All around, this is a Poor Investment of Federal Funds! I would also hate to see the Basin hurt because of it!