New coal line
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Subject: New coal line
At least in one part of the country there is a proposed new rail line to
haul coal. The item below is from the online Progressive Railroading.
Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation
STB releases environmental document for proposed Utah rail line
The Surface Transportation Board's Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA)
has issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed
construction and operation of a 43-mile rail line between Levan and Salina,
Utah, the agency announced late last week.
The Six County Association of Governments, an association of central Utah
local governments, is seeking approval to construct and operate the line,
which would run from a proposed coal transfer facility in Salina to a
connection with a <http://www.progressiverailroading.com/union_pacific/>
Union Pacific Railroad mainline near Levan. The rail line would allow allow
coal currently being shipped by truck to be transported by rail.
OEA worked with the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers to prepare the FEIS, according to an OEA press release.
The line would provide rail access to local industries, primarily the
Southern Utah Fuel Company coal mine owned by Bowie Resources, OEA officials
said in the FEIS.
The agency identified Alternative B3/B2 as the environmentally preferable
alternative for the proposed rail line because it would have the least
impact on water resources, including wetlands and associated biological
resources, the statement said.
The FEIS major
E4C00679006/$file/03_Summary_of_Major_Conclusions.pdf> conclusions can be
read here. The project's draft EIS was issued in 2007 and a supplemental
draft in 2014.
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