One of Colorado’s nests of trust fund snots is a circle including Aspen, Vail and Eagle, CO. The Eagle Regional Airport accommodates any size private jet for those too timid to use Aspen. Needless to say, but I will say it anyway; they are “greenies” with no financial skin in the game.
Two hundred or so miles to the West is the Unita Basin, one of the poorest areas in the Intermountain West, that is home to vast mineral resources. The only transportation is trucks on two lane highways.
For decades people have been trying to build a railroad into the region and finally overcome most legal and government obstacles.
This will tie into the existing Union Pacific (former Denver and Rio Grande) mainline from Grand Junction, CO over Soldiers Summit and on to Salt Lake City.
Of course, the enviornazis are suing. That is not surprising. What is surprising is Eagle County, CO is part of the lawsuit. I bet the non environment nuts (You know, the ones who staff the stores, plow the roads, etc. and surviving ranchers) must be thrilled their tax money is paying part of the cost of a legal action where they have no dog in the fight.
Why would the county commissioners take such action? Judge for yourself.
Tsk, tsk, WSF, there you go tilting windmills again.
ADDENDUM: The Union Pacific acquired the Denver & Rio Grande three decades ago and operate the mainline that passes a few miles away from Eagle. The UP abandoned the Tennessee Pass route that does pass Eagle to Minturn and then over the pass to Leadville and on to Pueblo. Several parties want to open the Tennessee Pass route and that gets the “greenies” foaming at the mouth.
As my father said in 1970, an environmentalist is someone who bought his five acres last year.