Ute Indian Tribe Plays Important Role In Uinta Basin Railway Moving Forward
By Kristin Forbis, Aug 4, 2022
The Ute Indian Tribe has played an active role in seeing the Uinta Basin Railway project come to fruition. This week the Tribe issued a press release stating that the US Forest Service issuing the Record of Decision marks a critical and long-awaited milestone in the federal approval process. “We are pleased to have played a part in helping the rail project reach this important milestone,” said Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee Chairman Shaun Chapoose. “The economic well-being of our membership depends on energy mineral production on our Reservation. Connecting our oil and gas industry partners to new markets is a critical piece to tribal economic development.” The Tribe’s involvement in supporting the project included direct interface with the White House in order to advance the federal permitting process.