STOP THE UINTA BASIN RAILWAY

POLLUTION,

WASTE,

DESTRUCTION

AN OIL TRAIN, AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER,

A BOONDOGGLE.

 

The proposed Uinta Basin Railway is designed to carry oil from Utah to distant refineries and markets. The project would drag the region’s economy deeper into an unhealthy dependence on fossil fuel extraction.

 

The railway and the frenzy of oil drilling it’s likely to unlock would worsen air pollution, worsen the climate crisis, and threaten wildlife and precious water supplies.

 

Rather than helping to diversify struggling rural economies, this misguided proposal would make the communities of the Uinta Basin even more captive to the fickle global price of oil.

 

We can and must chart a smarter, safer, more resilient path forward.

POLLUTION

Oil and gas extraction are already poisoning the Uinta Basin's air and water, harming people and wildlife. The railway would make things worse.

WASTE

Public money is being misspent to push the Uinta Basin Railway forward.

Destruction

The Uinta Basin Railway would ruin peace and quiet, impacting wildlife, families and communities.

 

ABOUT

THE UBR

In 2018 and 2019, a Utah board illegally gave nearly $28 million in public funds to an obscure public entity to launch what would be the largest railroad construction project in the United States in several decades: the Uinta Basin Railway. 

 

The train would carry oil, not passengers, from Utah’s Uinta Basin to distant national and global markets. This oil train railway could unlock a frenzy of new drilling and quadruple oil extraction in the basin. This would be a trainwreck for the region’s air, water, lands and wildlife. It would accelerate the already dangerous public health and environmental effects of global warming.

 

The project’s backers, Utah’s Seven County Infrastructure Coalition, claim the multi-billion dollar railway would be a boon for local communities, but they have provided few details. They have continually failed to involve the public, including landowners in the path of the railway, in what should be a public process about how public money is being spent.

 

Though it remains unclear whether the Uinta Basin Railway oil train would pencil out, fueled by tens of millions of dollars from the Utah Permanent Community Impact Fund Board, which should be serving local communities instead of private oil companies, the project is being pushed full steam ahead.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“We need to focus on diversifying rural economies. Instead, the Uinta Basin Railway would make communities in the region even more beholden to the fickle global price of oil than they already are.” 

—  Ryan Beam, Center for Biological Diversity

PHOTOS FROM THE PROPOSED UINTA BASIN RAILWAY ROUTES

The Seven County Infrastructure Coalition should take this proposal back to the drawing board and formulate a plan that more broadly serves  the needs of the people living in the Uinta Basin.”
— Mike Christensen, Utah Rail Passengers Association

 

PROPOSED ROUTES

The Uinta Basin Railway would be constructed along one of three proposed routes:    

  • Whitmore Park route (dashed line)

  • Indian Canyon route (light orange line)

  • Wells Draw route (dark orange line)

UTAH CLEAN INFRASTRUCTURE COALITION

MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS

  • Center for Biological Diversity

  • Living Rivers

  • Argyle Wilderness Preservation Alliance

  • Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment

  • Utah Rail Passengers Association

  • Utah Native Plant Society

  • Utah Tar Sands Resistance

  • Elders Rising

  • No Coal In Oakland

  • Canyon Country Rising Tide

  • Holiday River Expeditions

  • And many others

Contact

Deeda Seed

Center for Biological Diversity

dseed@biologicaldiversity.org

If your organization would like to join our coalition please send an email to Deeda. 

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