Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001839 

Received: 11/5/2013 12:36:00 AM
Commenter: Peter Herring
Organization: 
State: Oregon

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:Peter Herring <pherringster@gmail.com> Sent:Tuesday, November 05, 2013 12:36 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
Nov 4, 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.
I want no part of this - and it's not just NIMBY. We are so far past the point where we should be switching from fossil fuels to clean, renewables and efficient buildings and utilities that we have little time left to avert disaster.
See, for instance, the State of the Oceans report: http://www.stateoftheocean.org/howbad.cfm
I'll quote from it: The Ocean has already absorbed more than 80% of the heat added to the climate system and around 33% of the carbon dioxide emitted by humans. Ecosystems are collapsing as species are pushed to extinction and natural habitats are destroyed. Scientists believe that there is still time to prevent irreversible, catastrophic changes to our marine ecosystems but that this requires drastic action within a decade.
One decade. It is not time to be shipping more coal from anywhere. It is time to wake up, realize that we are destroying our own life support system with fossil fuels, and make the switch. If you fail to take this into account with your environmental impact assessment, you are failing to take your children and grandchildren into account.
I leave the rest of the form letter intact because I agree with it.
This proposal would negatively affect my community by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders due to traffic delays at train crossings. It would also damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, harm human health, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change.
I urge you to consider these many negative impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Sincerely,
Mr. Peter Herring 3860 Elmran Dr West Linn, OR 97068-1507