Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001956 

Received: 11/11/2013 4:50:33 PM
Commenter: Kathie Daviau
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
The proposed port in Longview is co-owned by Arch Coal -- the same company that co-owns the proposed Tongue River Railroad and wants to build a massive coal strip-mine at Otter Creek. It’s clear why Arch wants to build this port. If this port gets built, it would seriously impact Montanans. More coal trains running through Montana communities would worsen health by spreading diesel fumes and coal dust, block crucial intersections making it harder for emergency vehicles to get across tracks, and threaten economic development and property values along the rail line. The port would also increase the pressure to ruin a productive agricultural valley and its water with a coal strip mine at Otter Creek and condemn family farm and ranch land for the Tongue River Railroad. I am concerned about the noise and the infrastructure. If corporations get the profits and Asia gets the energy, Montanans shouldn’t have to pay the price.