Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001553
Received: 10/16/2013 10:46:00 PM
Commenter: Zack Willhoite
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:Zack Willhoite <Busdude@blarg.net> Sent:Wednesday, October 16, 2013 10:46 PM To:firstname.lastname@example.org 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 support the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA and in Bellingham, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.
This proposal brings good paying longshoreman jobs to our region, which in turn supports other business and industry. The opponents of the coal terminals cite environmental concerns, which are partially true. The real pollution comes from the buyers of this coal in Asia, and unless we either go to war with china, or stop shopping entirely at Wal-Mart and demanding goods made in America, there is little we can do about that. The best thing we can do is export our clean coal to them, instead of letting them buy dirty coal elsewhere.
Diesel powered trains are one of our most efficient forms of heavy transportation. If we don't build these terminals in Washington, they will get built in Canada, Oregon, or elsewhere and we will loose the jobs associated with the terminals. There will be some impact due to the increased rail traffic, and I'm not saying the railroads shouldn't get off scot free. We need to make sure the increased rail traffic doesn't delay passenger trains, and that the state and local governments in cooperation with the railroads make grade crossings safer, and where practical clear up bottlenecks on the railroad so these unit trains can pass quickly and easily - for everyone's benefit.
Building these terminals in Washington will help create jobs, infrastructure, and most importantly investments in our economy. Money will go back into the local economy from these terminals that will help businesses of all kinds, help family's, and give good paying union jobs to people.
I urge you to consider these benefits and impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Zack Willhoite 523 11th St NW apt B3 Puyallup, WA 98371