Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000663
Received: 10/10/2013 6:49:24 PM
Commenter: Lynne Oulman
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
I am a resident of Bellingham and came here to retire because of the sea, mountains, environment, and attitudes of those here who are dedicated to protect it all. Fossil fuel transport offers so many threats, they can hardly be addressed one by one. Each impact has a price tag and this must be calculated, as your tax dollars will not be able to restore the likely, foreseeable, adverse consequences.
As one looks closer and closer to the actual impacts of exporting fossil fuels, it becomes clear that the impacts are many, interwoven, and not to be taken lightly. Just today I read about what happens to the a waterway’s sea floor by the repeated anchoring of large vessels. Not only does the seafloor become scarred by the swing of these anchors, disturbing habitat for other life, these anchors are also dispersing the mess left by previous polluters and pollution accumulated from deposits.
I ask that you study the anchor impacts of the various tankers and barges in order to understand what is going on and how this could change for the worse as you add the proposed volume for coal transport. (Better tally oil transport and everything else that claims a stake in the Columbia River!) We should study how this will impact fisheries throughout the anchoring areas as the waterway floor is displaced over and over each week and this sediment is carried around in the currents. There are tons of polluted layers in this sediment. Please study just what this sediment is, the impact of an expanded number of vessels, and how these findings will impact the health of sea life and ultimately the food chain. Thank you very much,