Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000140 

Received: 9/16/2013 1:20:00 PM
Commenter: Gary Wood
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:Gary Wood <> Sent:Monday, September 16, 2013 1:20 PM Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Sep 16, 2013

MBTL Coal Export Terminal EIS

Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and WA Dept of Ecology, EIS,

NO COAL export terminals ANYWHERE in Washington State. We know that coal is environmentally devastating to localities in which it is mined/extracted, we know that burning coal is, on a broad/global environmental scale, damaging to the earth's atmosphere (temperature, extreme weather, rising tides and acidification of oceans, melting of polar ice-caps & methane gas release, disruption/alteration of the biosphere, etc, etc), whether of not it is burned here in the US or China or anywhere else on the planet.. We also know that transporting coal is fraught with ecological compromises and unmitigated risks in local/proximal human habitation and health, and that Washingtonians have direct personal stake in those outcomes.

So, being that there are NO current or promising solutions from these effects of coal usage, WHY (other than feeding the needs of industry and short-term economics) do we continue to entertain ANY support or collaboration with the interests of coal, ANYWHERE in Washington State (or anywhere else for that matter)?

DO the right thing.. you ARE the department of ECOLOGY.

I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.

This proposal would negatively affect my community by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders. It would also damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, harm human health, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change.

I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.

Thank you.


Gary Wood

Issaquah, WA 98027-4210