Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000209 

Received: 9/10/2013 12:02:00 PM
Commenter: Donna Barker
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Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
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Submission Text
From:d.barker@aecoal.com Sent:Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:02 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Millennium's coal export EIS

Thank you for the opportunity to submit a comment regarding the scoping for Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export facility. I strongly support the environmental study and the thousands of jobs this project will create.

The EIS should consider the fact that as Columbia River vessel traffic has declined 30%, from a peak of 2021 ships in the year 2000 to 1404 ships in 2011, increased vessel traffic as the increased volume will be replacing lost vessel traffic not increasing total volumes. The EIS should recognize the beneficial impact of increased vessel traffic in such areas as reducing pilotage costs and increasing the port service infrastructure (e.g. additional tugs to serve the lower Columbia River).

Despite some negative opinions, this permitting process will produce facts that show a modern port can be planned by a company, then evaluated by an agency to provide ways for production portals, while at the same time protecting the environment and enhancing the socio-economics of a region. It will be a job well done!

Sincerely, Donna Barker d.barker@aecoal.com