Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000319
Received: 9/16/2013 1:16:00 AM
Commenter: Andrea Lindsay
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:Andrea Lindsay <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Monday, September 16, 2013 1:16 AM To:email@example.com 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 strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.
This proposal would negatively affect 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, 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.
Additionally, it is essential that the Environmental Impact Statement consider carefully and fully the following five critical climate issues:
1) What is the total CUMULATIVE amount of coal that will pass through ALL of the proposed Pacific ports over the ENTIRE lives of all of all of the projects? What is the total CUMULATIVE fossil carbon that will be burned including that mined and that used for mining, transport, and shipping?
2) HOW LONG will these cumulative fossil carbon emissions remain in our atmosphere?
3) What is the TOTAL CLIMATE IMPACT of the total cumulative carbon emissions and HOW LONG will the emissions impact our climate?
4) How will the cumulative carbon emissions enter the OCEANS over what time period and with what impact on the acidity of the world oceans? How long will it take for the oceans to return to normal acidity?
5) How will the cumulative emissions impact natural systems and commercial activity on land and in the oceans?
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Andrea Lindsay 146 NE 53rd St Seattle, WA 98107