Proposed oil railway in Colorado leaves leaders split over support and opposition

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Leaders of a western Colorado County find themselves at odds with some of their U.S. Senators and Representatives in the controversial project of a proposed railway to carry Utah oil to Gulf Coast refineries.

At least 88 miles of the proposed Uinta Basin railway would run through Colorado and it’s a project supported by Garfield County commissioners in Glenwood Springs. But their support is opposed by leaders and residents of the town of New Castle, a town about 12 miles west of Glenwood Springs reported the Post Independent.

As the newspaper reported, New Castle is worried about possible derailments due to an increase of oil trains and their speed going through the town.

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However, the federal Surface Transportation Board has given final authorization to the railway selecting the “Whitmore Park Alternative” as the best route for the 85-mile line connecting Utah’s oil fields to the national rail network.

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