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Opinion: Oppose the Uinta Basin Railway Project

The negative impact this project will have today and on future generations is essential to consider for the health of our state and our planet

An oil refinery pumps out production in North Salt Lake.
An oil refinery pumps out production in North Salt Lake.
Tyler Sipe, Tyler Sipe

It is disappointing the Surface Transportation Board approved the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition’s request for the Uinta Basin Railway project.

Considering we are in a super drought and climate crisis, it’s strange Utah seeks to build a new railway in order to transport more crude oil. The Uinta Basin Railway will contribute to further depletion of our already dwindling water resources, along with the damage it will have on our wildlands and streams in order to place an unnecessary railway.

The negative impact this project will have today and on future generations is essential to consider for the health of our state and our planet.

Federal approval of the Uinta Basin Railway right-of-way is counter to the vision of the American people and Utah families who wish for a healthy quality of life and want to leave behind a sustainable and lasting legacy.

Fortunately, Chief Randy Moore of the United States Forest Service has the ability to deny the right-of-way for the proposed rail line.

Maurena Grossman

Salt Lake City