Opponents of a planned rail shipment of oil from Utah through Colorado and eventually to the Cushing Hub of northern Oklahoma think they have discovered a way to stop the project.
It involves the state-owned Moffat Tunnel which is leased by Union Pacific for $12,000 a year. The rail company’s 99-year lease to use the 6.2-mile tunnel expires in January of 2025 and the state is hearing from cities, towns and counties along the 88-mile Uinta Basin Railway. Some are fighting the shipment of up to 350,000 additional barrels of oil a day along the Colorado route, which includes nearly 100 miles along the headwaters of the endangered Colorado River.
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