Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001760 

Received: 10/31/2013 5:19:00 PM
Commenter: Gary Stubblefield

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:Thursday, October 31, 2013 5:19 PM Subject:EIS for coal export
I am a mining professional with significant experience in the Powder River Coal field located in Montana and Wyoming. I would like to contribute to the public commentary on the Longview port proposal and voice my support for the environmental study. Opening this port will facilitate shipping low sulfur coal to the Pacific Rim countries who need this energy source to provide electricity to their populace. This in turn will provide more high paying jobs in these established coal fields. Please support this proposal and help get this project moving. Unlike many port operations, Millennium occupies a location without immediate residential neighborhoods, AND it is an existing brownfield site. The EIS should acknowledge that alternate locations do not exist for situating an export coal facility with the necessary water and rail access but without "gentrification impacts" from existing or potential residential development at an exiting brownfield site along the Columbia River. I applaud the agencies work on this permit process. The results will provide a more-than thorough "hard look" at the possible impacts of the Millennium Project in Longview which is needed to keep things moving ahead. Thank you. Sincerely yours, Gary Stubblefield