Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001554
Received: 10/14/2013 10:34:00 PM
Commenter: Zephyr Moore
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:Zephyr Moore <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Monday, October 14, 2013 10:34 PM To:email@example.com 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.
A portion of the route from Wyoming to Longview is through the Columbia River National Scenic Area. How scenic will it become with exhaust gasses of coal trains added to the local atmosphere?
"Acidic Threats," The Oregonian, EARTHWEEK, 10.13.13. "The world's oceans are now more acidic than they have been for at least 300 million years, which scientists who made the discovery warn poses a threat of mass extinction of marine species. The change in the ocean's chemistry is said to be due to carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. This, combined with overfishing and pollution, imperils marine life on which billions of people depend for food and jobs."
Coal is a dirty and dangerous combustible fuel that coal companies would put in open rail cars to travel through our communities and on massive cargo ships through our marine waters, fishing grounds and recreation areas. This proposal would negatively affect my community 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.