Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000018
Received: 9/11/2013 1:30:12 AM
Commenter: Amy Glasser
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
Scoping comment: Please consider the financial impacts the community taxpayers will bear from the rail improvements and construction that will occur if the terminal is built.
I would like you to study where the money will come from to build the necessary railroad improvements for this huge project. As I taxpayer, I do not want my tax dollars going to a project that has a mission to ship million tons of coal to Asian. On a local or global level, this is not healthy and outright dangerous.
I have been researching how much BNSF are required to pay for rail upgrades, improvements and repairs and the number is stunning. BNSF has sued coal companies for the damage the coal has on their tracks so clearly the tracks will require continuous cleaning to be safe and who will pay for that? The railroad is only required to pay minimal amounts of the costs of upgrades, repairs and maintenance, so again, please study who will pay. History shows us that accidents or incidents that large corporations are responsible for result in years of litigation when we try to get these corporations to pay the cost of cleanup and mitigation after the fact. Who will pay?
There will be over dozens of communities that will be required to pay the cost of the rail work, even when they have absolutely no change of receiving any possible revenue. The cost to these cities must also be studied when deciding if this project is in the best interest of the people and the communities they live in.
Please study the costs of rail work that will be required to accommodate a project of this magnitude from Longview to the Powder River Basin and analyze whether we will in fact increase our revenues or, as I propose, spent more than we get.
If the costs of this project are not borne by BNSF and Millenium, then clearly we cannot afford this venture financially, let alone for many other reasons that will be identified in other comments.