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Second thoughts about proposed railroad

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Richard Shaw – Sun Advocate

A project that has been on the front burner of the Six County Coalition (Carbon, Emery, Uintah, Duchesne, San Juan and Daggett) for a number of months while it was attempting to get organized has now been put a little farther back on the stove after a meeting in Price on Friday.

“Mike McKee (commissioner from Uintah County the representative to the coalition board) showed us some numbers on a study that was done on the cost effectiveness of a rail line,” said Jae Potter after the meeting. “When we all looked at how much it would cost at this point it just didn’t pencil out.”

The rail line proposal, which had made headlines in many papers across the state, has been to build a rail line from near Vernal to Emma Park, largely to haul oil from the Uinta Basin to trains that could take it to refineries on both the Pacific Coast and the Gulf Coast. The line would run up Indian Canyon and cut through the mountains with a tunnel that was about eight miles in length. It was thought initially that the cost would be offset not only by hauling oil out of the basin but by also hauling other materials into the area as well. (…)

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