Leaders in the energy industry gathered from throughout the United States in Vernal on August 28th and 29th to discuss the proposed railway and various oil and gas policies relevant to the area. 

Over 500 individuals registered for the event, which was hosted by Uintah County Economic Development. The two day event involved an array of panels, presentations and a keynote address by Mike Williams, who was injured in an oil spill in 2010, on which the movie Deepwater Horizons was made.  

The main topic of conversation at the event revolved around the Uinta Basin Railway Project, which has been narrowed down to 3 separate 80 mile stretches of track. The project orginally considered 29 different routes. The Surface Surface Transportation Board will conduct environmental impact studies on all 3 final routes before deciding which route to take, if any.

 Many in the oil and gas industry are hopeful that the railway will be completed in a timely mannor.  

“Everyone knows that the resource in The Basin has immense potential, and the real challenge is just finding an economic opportunity to move product out of the basin” said Rikki Hrenko-Browning, Presdient of the Utah Petroleum Association.

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