Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000021
Received: 9/11/2013 11:56:34 AM
Commenter: Cate Campbell
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
I live in Montana where a new coal mine is awaiting a permit from the land board. A new railroad spur line will be built to accommodate the coal-for-export. My town will be on the shipping route and will likely see approximately a dozen extra trains per day crossing our heavily travelled streets. I am only mildly concerned about coal dust, as that can easily be mitigated by spraying mag-chloride (or a similar product) on the coal hopper. My public safety concerns are about the myriad public crossings all across three states on the way to the export terminal, as well as the increase in carbon in our shared global atmosphere when the coal is burned overseas.
We, in Montana, and neighboring states, will experience all of the impacts and none of the benefits of coal-for-export. There has been talk of jobs, which gets everyone's attention, but the number of railroad and mining jobs is going to be a very small percentage of state employment. The costs of localities having to upgrade railroad crossings and deal with crossing delays, as well as the inevitable impacts of greater CO2, more than offset any meager job prospects.
If the Otter Creek Coal Mine is permitted, the environmental impacts will be huge for the citizens, water, air, and soil of central and Western Montana. This should be factored in to the discussion of impacts of the west coast terminal proposal.