Landmark Uintah Basin Court Ruling Sets Precedent for Climate-Focused Decision-Making

Landmark Uintah Basin Court Ruling Sets Precedent for Climate-Focused Decision-Making

Landmark Uintah Basin Court Ruling Sets Precedent for Climate-Focused Decision-Making

Statement from Alex Veilleux, Policy Associate at HEAL Utah, on Court Decision to Strike Down Utah Oil Railroad Approval


Meisei Gonzalez / meisei@healutah.org / (801) 355-5055 EXT 2

SALT LAKE CITY, (August 22)— We commend the recent court decision that aligns with the goals set forth by the Biden Administration to combat the pressing issue of climate change. This decision is a commendable step forward, reflecting a commitment to the well-being of our communities and the preservation of our invaluable waterways. As we stand on the precipice of potentially irreversible feedback loops of global warming, which could lead to catastrophic losses of arable land, biodiversity, and clean water sources, decisions like these are pivotal in our collective effort to mitigate the most severe consequences of climate change.

The court’s ruling to strike down the approval for the Utah oil railroad project echoes the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels and adopt sustainable, renewable alternatives. It sends a powerful message that the preservation of our environment and the health of our communities must be at the forefront of any major decision concerning our energy infrastructure.

While we celebrate this decision, we also urge that similar considerations and criteria be applied to other projects in the pipeline, such as the 9 Mile Canyon and the Wildcat Loadout Facility. These projects, like the Uinta basin railway, warrant thorough examination with respect to their environmental impact, community well-being, and long-term sustainability.

As we move forward, we remain committed to advocating for policies and decisions that prioritize the health of our planet and its inhabitants. This court decision serves as a reminder that when we align our actions with the urgency of the climate crisis, we can make meaningful strides toward a more sustainable and resilient future.


About HEAL Utah

The Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL Utah) has been an environmental advocacy organization, watchdog, and strategic influencer in Utah since 1999. By empowering grassroots advocates, using science-based solutions, and developing common-sense policy, HEAL has a track record of tackling some of the biggest threats to Utah’s environment and public health — and succeeding. The organization focuses on clean air, energy and climate, and radioactive waste. HEAL uses well-researched legislative, regulatory, and individual responsibility approaches to create tangible change, and then utilizes grassroots action to make it happen.