Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001613 

Received: 10/22/2013 11:26:00 AM
Commenter: Buffy Hake
Organization: 
State: Oregon

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:Buffy Hake <bshake@wtechlink.us> Sent:Tuesday, October 22, 2013 11:26 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Comments on Docket Number 2013-19738
Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission,
Ambre is already on shaky financial footing, with questionable resources to meet its obligation to reclaim mined land at its mine near Decker, Montana.
More train running through our communities would:
Worsen health issues by spreading diesel fumes and coal dust, Block crucial intersections, making it harder for emergency vehicles to get across tracks, and Threaten economic development and property values along the rail line.
The port would also increase the pressure to build another coal strip mine at Otter Creek and ruin a productive agricultural valley and its water.
Damages from this project go far beyond the Washington border. These harmful impacts to communities all the way back to the mines need to be taken into account.
RE: Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
Please note my opposition to the construction of the Millennium Bulk Terminal (MBT) for coal exports at Longview.
As you review this proposal, I urge you to consider the full range of impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement from a coal export terminal at Longview, WA. These impacts are far- reaching for the 1,300 - 1,400 miles between mines in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming to Longview.
MBT would negatively affect many 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.
Thank you
Buffy Hake 49591 River Rd Pendleton, OR 97801