Uinta Railway might still have a chance with the Supreme Court

FILE - A train transports freight on a common carrier line near Price, Utah, July 13, 2023. The Supreme Court has agreed to consider reviving a critical approval for a railroad project that would carry crude oil and boost fossil fuel production in rural eastern Utah. The justices said Monday they will review an appeals court ruling that overturned the approval issued by the Surface Transportation Board for the Uinta Basin Railway, an 88-mile railroad line. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)



A controversial rail line to carry oil from eastern Utah across Colorado still might have life after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed this week to consider an appeal of a lower court ruling that stopped the project.

The 88-mile Uinta Basin Railway had initially received government approval but counties challenged the approval and an appeal court ruling overturned the approval issued by the Surface Transportation Board.

The Associated Press reported the Supreme Court will hear arguments this fall. If approved, the rail line would eventually carry crude oil from eastern Utah to the Cushing Hub in Oklahoma.

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