Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000069 

Received: 9/17/2013 12:26:00 PM
Commenter: Lisa Straughan
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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
From:lisa.straughan@expresspros.com Sent:Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12:26 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Millennium's coal export EIS

I would like to add my support to the proposed port at Longview and ask that the environmental study proceed rapidly.

The scoping decision should ensure that the EIS recognizes the historic ebb and flow of rail traffic, and that the EIS recognizes the role of the railroad and the jurisdiction of the federal government in relation to rail operations. The scoping decision should recognize the operation of the rail system includes all forms of cargo, with or without coal exports as part of the No-Action Alternative. The normal growth of rail commodities and the use of the rail system at full capacity must be assumed as a background condition and/or included as part of the no action alternative.

This project will create additional revenue for a state that, like many others, can really use the economic boost. Through the entire construction process it will employ a significant amount of people and go a long way toward revitalizing Washington. Supporting jobs in our community and state should be the number one priority.

I feel we should make this coal export terminal a reality. Thank you for considering my comments.

Sincerely, Lisa Straughan - Local Business Owner Lisa Straughan lisa.straughan@expresspros.com