Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001915
Received: 10/14/2013 4:04:00 PM
Commenter: Jane Fasullo
Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
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From:Jane Fasullo <email@example.com> Sent:Monday, October 14, 2013 4:04 PM To:firstname.lastname@example.org Subject:Exporting coal - Docket # 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, WA Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission:
If one truly believes there is no GLOBAL warming caused by our burning of fossil fuels and no health effects to humans or the many plants and animals we share this world with, then, and only then, would shipping coal, the worlds dirtiest fuel, to foreign countries make sense. But the truth is, we are polluting our planet's atmosphere faster than Mother Nature can fix it, and if we don't stop, we will perish. The higher the life form, the less likely it will be to survive (I took Biology 101).
For this earth saving reason, I STRONGLY oppose all coal exporting terminals, especially from the US where we are banning the use of coal to protect our people, not realizing we all breathe the same air, worldwide, and allowing exportation is equivalent to undoing the gains we made here.
I am specifically opposed to the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.
Coal is dirty where it is taken from, and remains not only dirty trough out it's entire voyage and use cycle, it is a dangerous combustible fuel. Routing it through the US alone poses insurmountable problems. Then there are the issues raised during the shipping process using massive cargo ships that pass through marine waters, fishing grounds and recreation areas. It would 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.
Coal recovery, transportation and export all threatens the health, public safety and economic vitality of our communities and every living thing.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.