Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001466 

Received: 10/19/2013 2:04:00 PM
Commenter: David D. Grimland
Organization: 
State: Montana

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:Dave Grimland <grimland.d@gmail.com> Sent:Saturday, October 19, 2013 2:04 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov; Bill Rossiter*; ccc John Sellers; ccc Bonnie & Jim VanCampen; joan borst; x Good Earth Coop-Alicia Weber Subject:Strong concern re shipping coal to west coast through small, agricultural-based communities in Montana
To the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Dear Sirs/Madams: My wife and I live in a small Montana town through which the increased coal trains are already beginning to show up. The health effects, the noise of these trains, the disruption to local traffic are all making the town close to unliveable. We do not have the money to pick up and move, nor are we in good enough health to do so. Our son lives in Bozeman, and attends the university there. While he is not as impacted directly by living close to agricultural land, he still has to breath the coal dust and diesel fumes that we do. I URGE YOU TO EXAMINE THE HUMAN IMPACT OF SHIPPING COAL THROUGH SMALL MONTANA COMMUNITIES. Not only are the town dwellers impacted, but the coal dust blowing on track-side crops and grazing land on both the east and west ends of our town will find its way through the food chain. As you look at the proposed coal export terminal at Longview, you need to take impacts to Montana into account. These coal trains don’t just materialize at the Washington border. This proposal will increase congestion, noise, and pollution with more coal train traffic, delay emergency responders, and harm existing businesses and property values. They will also cost Montanans millions of dollars as we’re left picking up the bill for overpasses, underpasses, quiet zones and other necessary infrastructure to deal with those impacts. The terminal at Longview could also lead to more strip-mining of coal. Arch and Ambre, the project’s co-owners, both own existing and proposed mines in Montana and Wyoming. Arch also co-owns the proposed Tongue River Railroad. Coal mining has serious impacts on land, air, and water; as well as on the agricultural economies that depend on these valuable resources. The Tongue River Railroad would condemn productive farm and ranch land that families have owned for generations and spread weeds and fires, further threatening agriculture. Given Arch’s stake in all three of these projects, it is clear that these projects are connected and shouldn’t be looked at in isolation. I urge you to look at all of these factors as you evaluate the proposed port. Montana shouldn’t have to pay the costs of coal export. Sincerely, David D. Grimland 220 N. 4th Street Columbus, MT 59019 406-322-1117 eMail: grimland.d@gmail.com