Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001698 

Received: 11/1/2013 7:20:00 PM
Commenter: Brad Lewis
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Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
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Submission Text
From:blewis@westmoreland.com Sent:Friday, November 01, 2013 7:20 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Longview Port Project
I am deeply concerned regarding America’s declining competitiveness in the global market place. Energy is the business that fuels all other businesses. America has everything it needs to be energy independent. We must realize this goal and regain our global prominence. Affordable, abundant and reliable fossil fuels are the source of energy which has and will result in longer, healthier, more prosperous and more comfortable lives. As far back as Biblical times, we have been called upon to be good stewards of the resources with which we are blessed. Utilizing fossil fuels to make a better world is rising to our calling. I appreciate being able to comment on the Longview port proposal and wish to add my support to those who wish to see this terminal open and operating as soon as possible. Ecology should study train traffic consistent with the SEPA reviews for other recent terminal projects that increased rail traffic. Ecology should study greenhouse gas emissions for the Millennium project consistent with its approach for other SEPA reviews. Millennium already handles coal at their site, and they have done so for more than 70 years. This is not a broad departure from current industrial uses and should be treated as such. I believe they are a good neighbor and their environmental review should be treated like every other commodity down at the Port of Longview. We need more good corporate citizens in Longview. It is clear to me, Millennium Bulk Terminals has a project that will have long-term positive impacts on local and regional economies in Washington. Millennium has maintained and presented ongoing efforts to uphold the current environmental regulations set for its project in Longview. I have good faith and trust this will continue and the company should be allowed to move forward without further delay. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to comment. Sincerely, Brad Lewis blewis@westmoreland.com