Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000181 

Received: 8/16/2013 4:50:00 PM
Commenter: Phil Hanson
Organization: 
State: Oregon

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:Phil Hanson <phanson@spiretech.com> Sent:Friday, August 16, 2013 4:50 PM 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 adamantly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA, that would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.

This proposal would negatively impact my city by increasing congestion and noise with increased coal train traffic, polluting air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, and creating the potential to delay emergency responders. It would also damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, conflict with tourism, 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.

When advocates of coal exports clamor for carbon sequestration as a means of coping with rising levels of atmospheric CO2, they seem not to realize that the carbon is already sequestered and that the sanest, surest and most cost-effective approach is to leave the coal where it is.

I urge you to consider these impacts and all other relevant factors in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.

Thank you

Phil Hanson 2215 S.E. Miller Street #22 Portland, OR 97202