Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001615
Received: 10/22/2013 12:45:00 AM
Commenter: Charlene Woodcock
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:Charlene Woodcock <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Tuesday, October 22, 2013 12:45 AM To:email@example.com Subject:Comments on Docket Number 2013-19738
Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission,
To: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission,
Re: Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
I write as a Montana property owner who is horrified by the expansion of coal strip mining in eastern Montana and the transport of coal across the state. Very long coal trains crossing Montana from east to west are spreading toxic coal dust across the state, polluting air, soil, and water, as well as disrupting traffic and business in towns across Montana. The negative health and economic impacts of coal development on Montana residents must be a part of the consideration of the deleterious consequences that would result from the proposed coal export terminal at Longview. This proposal would increase congestion, noise, and pollution with more coal train traffic, delay emergency responders, and harm existing businesses and property values. They would also cost Montanans millions of dollars, for overpasses, underpasses, quiet zones and other necessary infrastructure to deal with those impacts.
The terminal at Longview would doubtless lead to more strip-mining of coal. Arch and Ambre, the project’s co-owners, both own existing and proposed mines in Montana and Wyoming. Arch also co- owns the proposed Tongue River Railroad. Coal mining has serious impacts on land, air, and water as well as on the agricultural economies that depend on these valuable resources. The Tongue River Railroad would condemn productive farm and ranch land that families have owned for generations and spread weeds and fires, further threatening agriculture. Given Arch’s stake in all three of these projects, it is clear that these projects are connected and should not be looked at in isolation.
Those responsible for decisions that will affect our whole planet must acknowledge the terrible consequences of climate change that will be brought on by the further development, transport, and burning of fossil fuels. This coal, transported to China, will be burned there and its pollution will cross the Pacific to foul California air and water. California researchers have already discovered coal dust from China in Sierra snowpack.
Please consider deeply these consequences as you evaluate the proposed port. Montana should not have to pay the health, environmental, and economic costs of coal export. We should instead begin to steward our resources responsibly and commit to clean, renewable energy sources.
Charlene Woodcock 37 West Main St #D Bozeman, MT 59715