Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000759
Received: 10/6/2013 2:51:00 PM
Commenter: Mark Harris
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:Mark Harris <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Sunday, October 06, 2013 2:51 PM To:email@example.com Subject:Please Stop the Millennium Longview Coal Export Terminal
Oct 6, 2013
U.S. Corps of Engineers
Dear of Engineers,
The Pacific Northwest's endangered salmon and orca whales are facing a massive new threat and their survival is at risk. Orcas rely on a diet almost exclusively of salmon that swim into the Puget Sound from fresh waters like the Columbia River. Sadly, the once thriving Pacific salmon that return every year to the rivers and streams of the Northwest have been decimated due to habitat loss.
Currently there is a proposal to send millions tons of coal each year on trains, barges, and supertankers through the shoreline of the Columbia River in Longview, Washington to foreign markets.
This proposed terminal would spew toxic coal pollution and diesel emissions that would contaminate the Pacific Northwest waterways. Coal dust would billow into the river from towering piles of coal and enormous cargo ships would converge on the fragile marine habitats. Even after the coal is burned overseas, the toxic mercury pollution from burning is known to travel long distances and can end up back to our shores--polluting our waters and harming fish and wildlife. All of the above would take a terrible toll on the local ecosystems in or near the Columbia River Basin.
Public opposition to coal exports is growing in every corner of the Northwest, as at the recent public hearing in Longview. Please stop the coal export terminal at Longview and all remaining proposed terminals.
Thank you for your consideration on these matters.
Mark Harris 3855 Blair Mill Rd Apt 204d Horsham, PA 19044-2905