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Posted on: December 16, 2021


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Mike McKee

Seven County Infrastructure Coalition Executive Director

Pamela Juliano

Director of Government and Public Affairs

Uinta Basin Railway, LLC

U.S. Surface Transportation Board Grants Final Approval for Construction and Operation of Uinta Basin Railway

Uinta Basin, Utah (Dec. 15, 2021) – The Uinta Basin Railway reached a major milestone today

with the final approval from the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) to construct and

operate the railway, subject to the Board’s environmental mitigation measures. The Uinta Basin

Railway (UBRY) will enable efficient, environmentally sound railway transportation service to

northeastern Utah’s industries and businesses, and the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and

Ouray Reservation.

“On behalf of our Seven County Infrastructure (SCIC) board members, I would like to thank the

STB for their comprehensive review of the project.” said SCIC Executive Director Mike McKee.

“It is important to note that we would not be where we are today if it were not for the superb

cooperation of our stakeholders, the Ute Indian Tribe, federal, state, and local agencies, our

elected officials, and the public. We appreciate all of the hard work that has already gone into

the railway and look forward to the continued hard work that will bring this project to


The environmental review process has included extensive opportunity for public participation

as well as input from agencies and other interested parties. Based on this analysis, the STB

identified the Whitmore Park Alternative as its Environmentally Preferable Alternative for the

railway because it would avoid or minimize major environmental impacts compared to the two

other build alternatives.

“We are grateful to the Board for its decision, and to the STB and the federal, state, local, and

tribal cooperating agencies for their careful, thorough, and expeditious preparation of the

railway’s Environmental Impact Statement,” said UBRY President Mark W. Hemphill. “We

appreciate the tremendous support for the future of Utah’s Uinta Basin by the Business

Committee of the Ute Indian Tribe, Utah’s entire federal delegation, Governor Spencer Cox,

Senate President Stuart Adams, Speaker of the House Brad Wilson, and the county

commissioners and mayors of the Uinta Basin. Our public partners, the Seven County

Infrastructure Coalition, and their Executive Director Mike McKee, have put enormous effort

into this railway for nearly a decade. We’re honored to participate in their vision for the

economic success of their counties and communities.”

The STB’s license enables construction and operation of the Uinta Basin Railway by the Seven

County Infrastructure Coalition. Uinta Basin Railway, LLC, will finance, construct, and operate

the railway. For more information on the Uinta Basin Railway, please visit The STB’s decision may be viewed and downloaded here.


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