Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0000767 

Received: 9/27/2013 10:37:00 PM
Commenter: Molly Jackson-Nielsen
Organization: 
State: Oregon

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:Molly Jackson-Nielsen <m.l.j.nielsen@gmail.com> Sent:Friday, September 27, 2013 10:37 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov 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,
My name is Molly Jackson-Nielsen. I am a junior at Reed College in Portland, OR. Last summer (2012), I completed the summer residency program at Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie, OR. Living at the monastery and practicing with the priests and other residents changed my life. I am a different person than I was. I am more aware, kind, giving, able to look at myself and how I treat others, and a better citizen of the United States. I was struggling with mental health issues at the time, and living and practicing at Great Vow gave me essential tools to work toward being healthy and taking care of myself and others.
Great Vow Zen Monastery is, in my opinion, the most grounded and integral place of Zen practice in the Pacific Northwest. Part of what makes it so important is its location: in the mornings, after meditation, about 6 am, I would look to the north, to the Columbia River valley. It gave me hope; I felt goodness and hope and a sense of purpose.
Please, don't turn the Port of Longview into a coal terminal. The monastery is a place of peace and loving kindness, of calm abiding, that helps people to see the goodness in everything, including inside of themselves. That is never something to be let go of in the world. It is a place to be held onto, to be fiercely guarded. The Longview Terminal will be a first step to a place of peace ceasing to be.
Thank you for your time,
Molly Jackson-Nielsen
Molly Jackson-Nielsen 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. MS 516 Portland, OR 97202