Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000014 

Received: 9/4/2013 6:24:22 PM
Commenter: Judith Akins

Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
As a resident of the state of Washington, I am very concerned about the increase of vessel traffic in our waterways. I live a few miles from the Salish Sea. We spend our time kayaking and fishing on the waters. We spend even more time walking and biking the trails and enjoying the beautiful scenery. We have visitors touring the area and ourselves visit the hundreds of outstanding places in and around the Pacific Ocean. Looking at the thousands of vessels that already pass through here each year it appears quite obvious that there is a limit to the safe passage of all these vessels through these narrow straits. The increase of the noise and pollution from the vessels will certainly deprive us of all that is now living within our Salish Sea. This project could potentially add to the marine traffic an increase of 1423 bulkers not including large tows and barges. Please study the impacts on water quality, marine life, bottom scouring of sea floor and noise pollution on sea life of the additional 850 Panamax- class bulkers required by this proposal. I am also requesting to study the effects of increased traffic and the possible marine shipping disasters which will occur. This study should include the cumulative effects of all the proposed projects including coal terminals and oil terminals in the northwest. This study should include the costs on marine life, the costs on economic viability out tourism, trade, development and resources in the areas in around the impacted areas. The study should have a dollar cost projected and should include all clean-ups and costs to private and public entities. The project must include the added possible costs to communities.