Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000109
Received: 9/15/2013 11:41:00 AM
Commenter: Maria Ruth
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
From:Maria Ruth <email@example.com> Sent:Sunday, September 15, 2013 11:41 AM To:firstname.lastname@example.org Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, WA Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission,
I live in Olympia and, on behalf of one of the state's endangered species, I oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA.
That species is the marbled murrelet, a seabird that forages for fish along the Pacific nearshore waters and nests in the adjacent mature and old-growth forests. This bird relies on healthy aquatic ecosystems and forests for survival.
Since 1992, this bird has been protected under the federal Endangered Species Act; it is also state listed as threatened.
Threats to its survival include oil spills and chronic oil pollution--problems sure to increase in the face of a coal-export terminal. The murrelet also suffers from depleted stocks of forage fish--a depletion caused in part by overfishing, but also by water pollution, ocean acidification, and warming ocean temperatures- -all threats a coal-export terminal and burning of coal will exacerbate.
The marbled murrelet population has declined by 30% in the last ten years and needs both healthy forests and healthy marine ecosystems to survive.
I urge you to consider the impacts to this imperiled species in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Maria Ruth 2520 Wedgewood Ct. SE Olympia, WA 98501