Promoters of $1.4 billion railroad in Utah’s oil country want state help

(Brian Maffly | Tribune file photo) The Green River Terminal in Wellington this year began trans-loading oil from trucks to rail cars, opening a new path for Uinta Basin crude to reach out-of-state markets. But environmentalists are concerned about worried with what they see as a lack of regulatory oversight this and two other new oil terminals in Carbon County.

Vernal • Uinta Basin officials are pushing a project they say could quintuple oil production here, bring higher prices and create 27,000 jobs. The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The plan? Building a 150-mile railroad to allow transporting oil from the basin to out-of-state markets.

There’s one big hitch: It carries a price tag of $1.4 billion.

Supporters say that’s a deal compared to the $6 billion estimated for previous rail proposals that were studied and rejected. The old idea was to go through mountain canyons to connect to national rail lines at Price. Now they are looking at going east to Colorado.

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