Supporters of oil train across Colorado face another setback


The Biden administration won’t support backers of a plan to ship Utah oil across Colorado and eventually to the Cushing Hub in northern Oklahoma.

Supporters of the proposed Utah oil train project had asked for an immediate reharing of the case after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit overturned approval of the Uinta Basin Railway. The ruling came from a panel of three circuit judges who ruled the federal government’s original approval of the railway contained “numerous” and “significant” violations of the National Environmental Policy Act.

The members of the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition who supported the railway wanted the entire court to hear the case. They requested for a rehearing en banc. But the Surface Transportation Board, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Justice indicated the railway might result in a large increase in hazardous shipments through Colorado.

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