Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001940 

Received: 11/11/2013 2:02:35 AM
Commenter: Drs. Barry and Gail  Hicks
Organization: Private Citizens
State: Washington

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
Thank you for this opportunity to express and record our opposition to the contemplated Longview coal export terminal and associated rail traffic that would negatively impact local communities such as ours as well as regional ecosystems and, ultimately, contribute to global climate change with negative impacts throughout our increasingly fragile and vulnerable planetary biosphere. Locally, for cities and small towns located on proposed railway transport lines, these negative impacts would be immediate and profound, dramatically impeding local highway transportation, impairing commerce and polluting adjacent roadbeds, residential areas and natural environments. Regionally, the geometric increase in rail traffic would have similar, widespread systemic negative impacts. Globally, the concept of shipping United States natural resources such as coal to be burned as fuel and produce massive toxic emissions in China and other Asian destinations is environmentally irresponsible, morally and ethically reprehensible and, in the final analysis, a narrowly greed-driven business strategy to maximize short-term profits at the cost of human health and environmental degradation. If this proposal goes forward, it will be met with active public resistance and major civic opposition throughout the impacted northwest communities, including Spokane, Cheney, and scores of others.