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On Friday, April 7, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Colorado U.S. Representative Joe Neguse will join local leaders in the Central Colorado Rockies to highlight the dangers of the Uinta Basin Railway Project to Coloradans and to the entire Colorado River Basin.

If completed, Utah’s Uinta Basin Railway Project would transport 4.6 billion gallons of waxy crude oil per year through Colorado, much of it along the Colorado River and through the Colorado River Basin, the water supply for agriculture and some 40 million people in the west.

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet

The session will take place at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 7 in Glenwood Springs. The specific location has not been announced for security reasons.

Bennet and Neguse have repeatedly urged the Biden Administration to halt the Uinta Basin Railway Project. Last week, the lawmakers urged the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 8 Administrator to conduct a supplemental review of the project as prior EPA reviews focused solely on its risks to Utah.

Joining Bennet and Neguse will be Colorado State Senator Dylan Roberts, Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives Julie McCluskie, Colorado State Representative Elizabeth Velasco, Eagle County Commissioner Kathy Chandler-Henry, and Glenwood Springs Mayor Jonathan Godes.

Last month, the lawmakers urged U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to consider the risks of approving tax-exempt private activity bonds or any other federal financing mechanisms to fund the project. The lawmakers also called on U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to suspend the Special Use Authorization for the project until a supplemental review is conducted.

In July 2022, Bennet and Neguse called on the Biden Administration’s Council on Environmental Quality to undertake an additional comprehensive review to determine whether previous environmental and risk analyses fully considered the effects of the railway project on Colorado’s communities, watersheds, and forests.

While there is growing opposition from many directions, a decision regarding the Uinta Basin Rail project has not been announced.

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