Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001722 

Received: 11/5/2013 4:21:00 PM
Commenter: Collin Strid
Organization: 
State: Washington

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:Collin Strid <p00rm3@gmail.com> Sent:Tuesday, November 05, 2013 4:21 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
Nov 5, 2013
Decision Makers
Dear Makers,
I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA, which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.
This proposal is incredibly irresponsible. I grew up on the Columbia River, and come back every summer. The last thing I or any other American wants are trains spewing coal dust for export to China into the river. Coal, that when burned will blow back to the U.S. as Chinese smog. Why would you even want to ship away our coal anyway? It's probably far more beneficial to the U.S. to burn it here in the USA! Why would we send energy to china just so they can take high paying jobs from the US? Also, why wouldn't they mine it closer to where it will be consumed? China has 13% of the coal reserves in the world. It makes no sense to ship low value goods across an ocean, what happens when bunker fuel gets more expensive? Why would we invest in a terminal that will probably be replaced by production closer to the demand in a few years!? Is Hawaii suddenly going to need 44 million tons of coal? Probably not.
The increased train traffic and coal dust will undoubtedly lower property values along the tracks. Has anyone on your team bothered to calculate the detrimental effects of running trains all day and night on local property values? 5%? 10%? 30%? You would be robbing land owners of literally millions of dollars. As property values decrease, there will be less security for your constituents, and they will employ fewer workers. You will be doing great harm to the local economy & community by allowing this terminal to proceed. You think you need jobs now, but the unintended consequences are probably enormous.
Please use the waterfront space for restaurants, marinas, offices, bridges, or houses that will increase the local tax base and allow us to grow in a sensible way. Maybe even a public beach or park! Don't squander it on a coal terminal that will decrease our quality of life, become obsolete in ten years, and likely be a superfund site after that.
Sincerely,
Mr. Collin Strid 545 Waubish st White Salmon, WA 98672