Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000109 

Received: 9/15/2013 11:41:00 AM
Commenter: Maria Ruth
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State: Washington

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:Maria Ruth <mariaruthbooks@comcast.net> Sent:Sunday, September 15, 2013 11:41 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov 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.

Thank you

Maria Ruth 2520 Wedgewood Ct. SE Olympia, WA 98501