Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001954 

Received: 11/11/2013 4:33:40 PM
Commenter: Carol Stahl
Organization: 
State: Montana

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
Railroads have absolute control over RR-public road intersections. In Bozeman, MT at it's present size, there is no place for vehicle traffic to cross the railroad other than at grade level -- no overpasses for automobiles, trucks, snow plows, ambulances, fire trucks, bicycles, pedestrians -- no way to get around a moving train. The hospital serving Bozeman is south of the tracks. Businesses including factory work and large machinery, homes, child care, recreation areas are north of the tracks. A worker in an industrial accident? A skiier who hit a tree? A woman in difficult childbirth? A child hit by a car? a house or business burning down? Too bad, the ambulance or fire truck is parked at the railroad-road crossing waiting for 100 to 150 trains cars passing. Getting a railroad company's permission to build a bridge has taken decades in some Montana towns. Then the city or town must bear the full cost of the bridge alone. Railroad robber barons have collected freight fees for more than a century without obligation to the populated areas they pass through. They will make millions from shipping coal to the west coast for Asia. Asia will burn the coal and research demonstrates that acid rain from the coal can return to the west coast of North America in as little as one week. NO COAL SALES. NO PROFIT FOR ROBBER BARONS AGAIN. NO. NO. NO.