Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001454 

Received: 10/17/2013 2:43:00 PM
Commenter: Catherine Crawford
Organization: 
State: Washington

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:Catherine Crawford <ccrawf56@comcast.net> Sent:Thursday, October 17, 2013 2:43 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Proposed Coal Terminal Longview, Washington
For several reasons, Washington residents need to say 'no' to the proposed coal terminal in Longview, Washington.
First, coal is terrible, not just for the environment of the planet, but for local environments, as well. It's our dirtiest fossil fuel, which is why people who have a choice find other energy sources.
Second, sending American coal overseas, as the Longview terminal proposes to do, is politically and socially irresponsible. It dodges the deeper issue here of helping poor nations find healthy energy sources, too.
Third, citizens of our port cities in Washington should have a chance to say what they DO want shipped into and out of their towns. The short-sighted assumption with the proposed Longview terminal is that coal is the only option to bring much needed jobs and revenue to this area.
There are other American commodities, less destructive to people and the environment, which are in demand on the world market and could be shipped from the Longview location. State and municipal governments need to work with the people of Longview, and with the people in the rest of Washington, to decide what besides coal could be shipped from this area.
Thank you for your time.
Catherine Crawford ccrawf56@comcast.net Vancouver, Washington