Colorado lawmakers share Uinta Basin Railway concerns, say derailments common

In the third letter from Colorado lawmakers to government regulators released this month, Sen. Michael Bennet and Rep. Joe Neguse are now calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to help them assess the risks of the Uinta Basin Railway Project.

The rail project aims to create a new rail connection in Utah that would connect to an existing rail line in Colorado that runs through Eagle County along the Colorado River.

The letter says an existing EPA review of the project “had several shortcomings,” including an omission of impacts on Colorado such as “the risk of a derailment and oil spill in the upper reaches of the river.”

Proponents of the project say the Uinta Basin Railroad project would move an essential commodity safely and profitably, but critics say the commodity – waxy crude oil mined in Utah’s Uinta Basin – is a substance too toxic to be transported down the Colorado River. with the frequency of train derailments in the United States.

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