Friday, July 23, 2010

Draft EIS issued for proposed new Corman line

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The Surface Transportation Board announced Friday that its Section of Environmental Analysis has issued the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed construction, operation, and reactivation of a 20-mile rail line between Wallaceton and Gorton, Pa. by R.J. Corman Railroad Co. Pennsylvania Lines Inc.

Corman plans to build a new 10.8-mile line over abandoned right-of-way and reactivate a connecting 9.3-mile rail-banked line. Corman says the resulting line could serve a new landfill, quarry, and an industrial park as well as “several other interested shippers.” Two unit trains daily are envisioned.

On Sept. 14, SEA and cooperating agencies will hold a public meeting in the proposed project area to receive comments on the Draft EIS. Written comments on must be postmarked by Sept. 28, 2010.

Mitigation measures in the DRAFT EIS are mainlythose voluntarily offered by the applicant and covering grade crossing delay,rail operations safety, land use, energy resources, air quality, noise, threatened and endangered species, wetlands and watercourses, parks and recreation facilities, geology and soils, hazardous waste sites, and historic resources.