Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000321 

Received: 9/15/2013 2:16:00 PM
Commenter: Barbara J. Becker
Organization: 
State: Washington

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:Barbara J Becker <msbjbecker@gmail.com> Sent:Sunday, September 15, 2013 2:16 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Sep 15, 2013

MBTL Coal Export Terminal EIS

Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and WA Dept of Ecology, EIS,

As a resident of Bellingham, WA, I say NO to coal exports from this area. In the recent past, we have regained control of our shoreline from a paper mill which was polluting our bay and air for decades; there are plans to revitalize the shoreline for public use with parks and family friendly venues. The coal trains will disrupt this, and may, in fact, make the area once again a health hazard. Can we not have a period of recovery to environmental health? Must it always be about MONEY, corporate greed, ignorance of global destruction? Residents of Bellingham have selected to buy or rent residence along the shoreline; currently there is train traffic often enough to accommodate freight and passenger rail service, disrupting activities in beautiful Boulevard Park on the shoreline and waking residents from sleep. Imagine what an increase in train traffic would do. During our rainy winters, ground is loosened, and mud slides occur, often blocking these same train tracks, and halting service. This could happen to any number of coal trains, and the result would be a massive spill into Bellingham Bay. There are many reasons why this coal shipping export should not be pursued; there is only one reason it should: Must it always be about MONEY, corporate greed, and ignorance of global destruction? NO to coal trains through the State of Washington! NO!

Sincerely,

Barbara J Becker

Bellingham, WA 98226-7611 (360) 715-3844