Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000160
Received: 8/31/2013 5:40:00 PM
Commenter: Kelly McConnell
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:Kelly McConnell <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Saturday, August 31, 2013 5:40 PM To:email@example.com Subject:Protect the Columbia River from dirty coal export!
As a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal in Longview, Washington, which would transport dirty coal on trains and ships through the Northwest and send coal to Asia.
The undeniable damage that these coal shipments will do to OUR environment is of much more importance than the additional profits it would generate for a few greedy rich pigs who care NOTHING about my community or our environment.
Coal export would harm 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, 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.
In addition, the coal train traffic impacts in Longview are so great that Millennium cannot operate without massive, tax-payer-funded rail infrastructure changes currently planned as the SR 432 Project. The SR 432 Project must be analyzed in the Millennium EIS.
Kelly McConnell 11375 SW Erse Tigard, OR 97223