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Utah crude trains could be rolling through Colorado after Forest Service denies objections to new rail line

It’s looking likely that heated train cars loaded with a waxy crude oil will be rolling through Colorado after the Forest Service last week rejected objections to the proposed new rail line in a section of roadless forest in Utah.   “We are going to continue to fight this terrible project with every tool available to […]

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Trains will carry “waxy crude” oil through Colorado every day after Utah approves new railway

The Surface Transportation Board’s recent approval of a new 88-mile railroad in Utah’s Uinta Basin has spiked concerns that daily trains loaded with heated crude oil will be traveling along Colorado’s river corridors. “It’s a ticking carbon bomb,” said Michael Kunkel, whose Friends of Browns Canyon last summer successful campaigned to block an expedited proposal […]

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Opinion | From Utah with love: a warning about oil trains that could be rolling through Colorado

Greetings from Utah. I write to warn Coloradans of the looming threat to your beautiful state — a threat devised by Utah politicians.  It comes in the form of a proposed 88-mile-long oil railway that would quadruple oil extraction in northeast Utah’s Uinta Basin. If the Uinta Basin Railway is built it will need to […]

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Opinion: The infrastructure bill has plenty for Colorado, if only Congress would pass it

Our infrastructure is the foundation of our country and it supports everything we rely on. It silently does its job by allowing us to move goods to markets, supply water to communities and businesses, energize our smartphones and computers, heat and cool our homes, and helps take our children safely to school. Our infrastructure touches […]

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An upgraded Grand Junction rail yard could accelerate Western Slope economic development

What if something as simple as getting freight trains to stop for a moment in Grand Junction could keep businesses and jobs on the Western Slope, support Grand Valley economic-development and reduce truck traffic on Interstate 70?  “It would be huge; an absolute game-changer for the Western Slope,” if rail owners Union Pacific and Burlington […]