Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000664
Received: 10/10/2013 6:56:11 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 live in Bellingham, WA. I treasure looking out at the Salish Sea, and realize how little it would take to destroy a natural wonder that man cannot duplicate. I want my children and theirs to honor this sea, but first, we in the here and now, have to honor it ourselves.
There are dangers to every aspect of coal mining, hauling, piling, shipping, burning. Every activity costs our health and the health of all creatures, and the health of our planet.
Please study the impact of a likely mishap by the various ships and barges that plan to haul Longview coal This is a foreseeable, adverse, significant impact, and as you increase traffic on the Columbia, the probability increases. There are accidents all the time, and we ignore their cumulative effects because we do not know what to do and we stick our heads in the sand. Not any more.
Please quantify the cost per accident if a barge or ship drops its load in the Columbia River. Please distinguish between costs you know, measured in dollars and those you do not know, measured in supposition, not quantifiable. If you take these risks, you must know the costs, and who is going to pay for them. Is the situation created beyond costs and therefore un-mitigatable? If you do not scrutinize all possibilities having to do with vessel accidents, you are letting down your community, and the generations that follow.
These accidents do happen, and will happen…. Just remember the Shell drilling rig run aground this January near Kodiak Island*… it is simply a matter of time.
Let us trust in your integrity.