Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001728 

Received: 11/1/2013 9:15:00 AM
Commenter: David Belcher

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 Sent:Friday, November 01, 2013 9:15 AM Subject:Millennium Bulk Terminals scoping
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. The EIS should consider the fact that as Columbia River vessel traffic has declined 30%, from a peak of 2021 ships in the year 2000 to 1404 ships in 2011, increased vessel traffic as the increased volume will be replacing lost vessel traffic not increasing total volumes. The EIS should recognize the beneficial impact of increased vessel traffic in such areas as reducing pilotage costs and increasing the port service infrastructure (e.g. additional tugs to serve the lower Columbia River). This proposal will see that jobs are returned, the local and regional economy is stimulated, tax revenues are increased, and environmental standards are maintained. This is what Cowlitz County needs in our present economy. Please move the scoping process along as soon as possible. Sincerely, David Belcher DAVID BELCHER