Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001449
Received: 10/17/2013 6:29:00 PM
Commenter: Bradley Gihl
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:Bradley Gihl <email@example.com> Sent:Thursday, October 17, 2013 6:29 PM To:firstname.lastname@example.org Subject:Scope of EIS needs to include all the effects of coal shipments, No to Coal!
Between 500 pounds to one ton of coal dust is expected to spew out from each open train car of coal dust. This horrendous amount of pollution will have ruinous consequences for the environment all along the route of the coal trains.
No one can hide from an environment dirtied by coal train damage to the air, our rivers, our people, our habitat- even rich folks can't hide!
Climate change needs to be a very strong factor in determining the scope of the EIS, it's the key to our economy, and the economy of the world!
Think hard about the citizens of Beijing, China, that have to wear masks just to shield themselves from daily pollution. Now try to imagine how much worse off they'll be if we keep promoting coal by authorizing coal trains... and that pollution won't just stay in China, it will affect the world as a whole and we are edging closer than ever to a tipping point, from which we would not be able to recover. Please say NO to coal trains!
I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal in Longview, Washington, which would transport dirty coal on trains and ships through the Northwest and send coal to Asia.
Coal export would harm my community by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders.
It would also damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
In addition, the coal train traffic impacts in Longview are so great that Millennium cannot operate without massive, taxpayer funded rail infrastructure changes currently planned as the SR 432 Project. The SR 432 Project must be analyzed in the Millennium EIS.
The scope and potential damage from coal and coal train transport is very far reaching and it's morally imperative that all the impacts be included in the EIS.
Thank you very much for your thoughtful consideration of my comments!
Bradley Gihl 1807 NE Sylvan Way Bremerton, WA 98310