Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001515 

Received: 10/17/2013 10:41:00 PM
Commenter: ForceChange.com Petition (348 signatures) 
Organization: ForceChange.com Petition (348 signatures)
State: 

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:Nick Engelfried <nicke.activism@gmail.com> Sent:Thursday, October 17, 2013 10:41 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Comments on Longview Coal Export Proposal
Dear US Army Corps of Engineers, I am a campaigner for ForceChange.com, a web site that allows people to voice their concerns about issues they care about through online petitions. I’m writing to deliver a petition signed by 348 ForceChange users, requesting that the EIS for the proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Washington include an analysis of regional impacts of increased coal traffic on the greater Northwest area, as well as the climate change impacts of exporting coal oversease. I would like to submit this petition as part of the Corps' official comment period on this project. Here is the text of the letter signed by ForceChange users: Dear US Army Corps of Engineers, We, the undersigned, call on you to work with the Washington Department of Ecology and Cowlitz County Commission to conduct a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Wash. This export facility would have regional and global impacts that range from increased strip mining in Montana and Wyoming, to pollution in affected rail line communities, to climate change caused by the eventual combustion of the coal. Your EIS for the Longview proposal must include all these impacts, if it is truly going to reflect the scale of the project. Coal is the dirtiest fuel in the world, and it’s largely for this reason that the United States is using less and less coal every year. Now coal companies want to make a profit by sending US coal overseas, in hopes that they can lock China and other developing countries into decades of coal dependence. Dramatically increasing US coal exports would negatively affect global efforts to fight climate change. Meanwhile, coal dust and diesel pollution from coal trains, as well as increased congestion due to coal train traffic, will directly impact communities from Montana and Wyoming all the way to the West Coast. We urge you to consider these local, regional, and global impacts of building a coal export terminal, as you conduct your Environmental Impact Statement. Please do the right thing for affected communities, and commit to doing a comprehensive EIS. ForceChange requires petition signers to create an account using valid contact information, so as to ensure the authenticity of all of our online signatures. To view the petition and full list of signatories on this petition, please see http://forcechange.com/82771/ensure-a-strong-environmental- review-for-proposed-coal-terminal/ I hope these comments will be entered into the record. Thank you for your time, Nick Engelfried Online campaigner ForceChange.com