Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000317
Received: 9/1/2013 12:05:00 AM
Commenter: Tracy Ouellette
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:Tracy Ouellette <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Sunday, September 01, 2013 12:05 AM To:email@example.com Subject:The Columbia River is too valuable for coal transport
Th ecosystem of the Columbia river is too valuable for recreation, fish, riparian habitat, and water supply to be risked for the very short term use of coal transport. Any environmental impact statement would have to include the impact of barge traffic, coal dust, and spills to this invaluable resource 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.
Coal export would harm Northwest communities 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.
Tracy Ouellette 14078 MacTaggart Ave Bow, WA 98232 360-766-4490