Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001651 

Received: 10/21/2013 12:03:00 PM
Commenter: Robert Rasmussen
Organization: 
State: Montana

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:Robert Rasmussen <robertsrasmussen@yahoo.com> Sent:Monday, October 21, 2013 12:03 PM 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,
Dear 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 am a resident of Helena, MT. Please consider all the impacts (beneficial and detrimental) as you look at the proposed coal export terminal at Longview, WA. Coal trains don’t just begin at the Washington state border; the trains will begin their trip in MT and WY. The proposal does not fully address any increases of congestion, noise, pollution, traffic, delay to emergency responders and other travelers, and harm to existing businesses and property values. Such an increase in coal train traffic will also cost Montanans millions of dollars as we’re left picking up the bill for overpasses, underpasses, quiet zones and other necessary infrastructure to deal with those impacts.
Though speculative but likely, the terminal at Longview, WA could also lead to more strip-mining of coal in MT and WY. Arch Coal and Ambre Energy, the project’s co-owners, both own existing and proposed mines in Montana and Wyoming. Arch Coal also co-owns the proposed Tongue River Railroad. Over time, coal mining has had serious impacts on land, air, and water, and 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 Coal’s stake in all three of these projects, it is clear that these projects are connected and shouldn’t be looked at in isolation.
Please consider all of these factors as you evaluate the proposed port. The people of Montana shouldn’t have to pay the costs of coal export.
Sincerely, Robert Rasmussen 1027 Billings Avenue Helena, MT 59601

Robert Rasmussen 1027 Billings Avenue Helena, MT 59601