Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001625
Received: 10/24/2013 11:45:00 AM
Commenter: Esther Golde
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:Esther Golde <email@example.com> Sent:Thursday, October 24, 2013 11:45 AM 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,
My husband and I are strongly opposed to the proposal to construct a coal export terminal at Longview, WA.
This proposal would negatively affect our small town of Bellingham, and others along the train lines by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic. Because there are no overpasses, the train traffic has the potential to delay emergency responders attempting to reach those in need on the other side of the tracts. Since by age old agreements the BSNF would not be required to construct the necessary overpasses, it would be an added necessary tax burden on Bellingham residents.
The negative environmental impacts are numerous. It would damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River. Increased tanker traffic has the potential for shipping accidents and spills. I worry that when the empty coal ships return from China they will dispose of their ballast ( contaminated Chinese water), introducing dozens of invasive species that could ruin the salmon fishing industry, an important Washington industry.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Esther Golde 3603 Illinois Lane Bellingham, WA 09226