Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000192
Received: 8/16/2013 11:42:00 PM
Commenter: Sandy Wood
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:Sandy Wood <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Friday, August 16, 2013 11:42 PM To:email@example.com Subject:Protect the Columbia River from dirty coal export!
We live on the Columbia River, on property environmentally protected for perpetuity. Federally endangered Chum Salmon spawn on the river bank in front of our home; this is the largest of the three spawning sites on the Lower Columbia. We also see spawning spring, summer, fall, and winter steelhead in our creek.
Osprey, Great Blue Heron, Great Horned Owls, Eagles, and other birds nest on our property. Beaver build dens in the creek, and raise their young. Beneficial insects, bees, butterflies, dragon flies, frogs, salamanders, etc continue to thrive here.
We are frightened by the amount of coal dust already blowing off the passing trains at the edge of our property, potentially destroying the water of the spawning site.
We are frightened by the potential of disrailment and the potential damage to the watershed. We will not be able to leave our property, and an emergency vehicle would not be able to enter for times of the train passing; an accident could be fatal for us.
The diesel used in the 3-4 engines pulling and 1-2 engines pushing the coal cars add to the pollution.
Unlike most people along the rail, our property was owned by our relatives BEFORE the RR built. We did not protect a salmon spawning site to allow it to be destroyed by a greedy coal company and RR.
The studies need to encompass the actual mining site, all along the RR travel, to the terminal, the terminal itself, the travel to whatever country purchasing the coal, the air pollution on the way back, and the damage done along the entire area by creating a coal chute out of our states. The physical damage to the people and animals and plants and water needs to be studied. Travel by barge also needs to be studied.
Why coal is even a subject of conversation is beyond my understanding. It has been proven for years that coal damages the environment. Greed doesn't need to be encouraged, damaging those who live "in the way".
No jobs could possibly be worth all the damage to our states. The number of potential jobs is pathetic. The loss of jobs, the loss of life, the loss of our environment is enormous! We are better than coal!!
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.
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.
Sandy Wood P O Box 871660 Vancouver, WA 98687 (360) 989-6825