Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001631
Received: 10/24/2013 3:40:00 PM
Commenter: Janet Alderton
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:Janet Alderton <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Thursday, October 24, 2013 3:40 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.
The endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale is an icon of San Juan County and very important to our tourist-based economy. Recent satellite tracking of the K Pod of Southern Resident Killer Whales has shown they spend a significant amount of their winter time around the mouth of the Columbia River feasting on Chinook salmon that are migrating back to the Snake River and Upper Columbia river spawning grounds. The rate of reproduction and survival of the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale is directly tied to the abundance of Chinook salmon. The proposed Millennium Bulk Terminal would threaten Chinook salmon abundance with habitat degradation and pollution, especially from spills of heavy fuel oils such as bunker fuels. The Columbia River bar can be a treacherous passage where a disastrous spill could occur, especially if the vessel traffic more than doubles with the development of all the proposed oil and coal export facilities along the Columbia River. This would threaten the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population and our islands' economy. Please evaluate each of the negative impacts listed above as part of the EIS for the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminal. Please consider the "no build" option. If the terminal is permitted, require all feasible mitigation measures.
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.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Janet Alderton 491 Harborview Lane PO Box 352 Deer Harbor, WA 98243 360-376-3905