Slow progress reported on Uinta Basin Railway in Utah and Colorado

A train transports freight on a common carrier line near Price, Utah on Thursday, July 13, 2023. Uinta Basin Railway, which would connect to common carrier lines, could be an 88-mile line in Utah that would run through tribal lands and national forest to move oil and gas to the national rail network. Critics question investing billions in oil and gas infrastructure as the country seeks to use less of the fossil fuels that worsen climate change. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)


Like the little engine that boasted “I think I can, I think I can,” such is the movement of what has become a controversial plan to ship crude oil by rail from eastern Utah and across western Colorado.

Federal agencies have approved construction of the proposed 88-mile Unita Basin railway, allowing producers to ship hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude a day on trains up to 2 miles long. While Colorado is fighting the project, it is slowly advancing reported the Associated Press.

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