Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001793
Received: 10/31/2013 4:18:00 PM
Commenter: Julia Bent
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
From:Julia Bent <email@example.com> Sent:Thursday, October 31, 2013 4:18 PM To:firstname.lastname@example.org Subject:Oppose Longview Coal Export Terminal
I oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview. Both local communities and state and local governments will all pay a big cost for the transport of coal to Longview. Communities will have their air quality degraded by coal dust from the open train cars, adding to health burdens for residents. Road traffic patterns will be disrupted by the increase in rail traffic at crossings. Emergency responders will be delayed. To mitigate some of these effects, state and local governments will be called on to build additional infrastructure to mitigate for this increased traffic, putting additional tax burdens on residents of the affected areas. Where the trains cross or parallel waterways, the risk of derailment would imperil local waters. This would be true both inland and along the Columbia River.
Perhaps most significantly in the long run, increased export of coal to Asia means that more coal will be combusted, increasing the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and accelerating global climate change. The Washington State shellfish industry is already imperiled by ocean acidification, which the burning of this coal will only exacerbate. Additionally, the byproducts of burning this coal will increase air pollution in Washington as Asian air pollution is blown east across the Pacific.
Don't allow the short term profits of private coal companies destroy local industries like shellfish farming. Don't let Washington's air quality decrease and health costs rise as a result. Climate change is real, and the proven cause is the burning of fossil fuels (see the IPCC report for 2013). Do not permit the Longview Coal Export Terminal (or any other coat exports) from the West Coast.