Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001506 

Received: 10/14/2013 6:51:00 PM
Commenter: Leslie Roberts

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:Leslie Roberts <> Sent:Monday, October 14, 2013 6:51 PM 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:
I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.
My concern is for my cousins who live in the state of Washington, and for the planet. We are all connected with our reliance on the air, water, food sources that we share as they circulate around the entire planet.
We are urgently trying to stop burning coal because it sends CO2 into the atmosphere causing a danger to all living things on the planet. The dangerous results are the same if we burn the coal in the U.S. or in China or anywhere else. Don't you get it??!!!! Exporting coal to another country still harms Americans. Even you can not hide from the consequences.
Coal is a dirty and dangerous combustible fuel that coal companies would put in open rail cars to travel through communities and on massive cargo ships through our marine waters, fishing grounds and recreation areas. This proposal would negatively affect communities 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, harm human health, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change. Coal export threatens the health, public safety and economic vitality of our communities.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Thank you.
Leslie Roberts