Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0001989
Received: 11/12/2013 10:33:45 PM
Commenter: Tammi Ray
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
I appreciate this opportunity to express my grave concerns regarding the placement of a coal port at Longview on the Columbia River. And I quote a sentence in a Spokesman-Review newspaper article written by Mike Prager: "Sightline Institute, of Seattle said last week that shipments to the Cherry Point and Longview terminals if built, would send 34 coal trains a day through the corridor running from Sandpoint to Spokane...." I live in Spokane and work on the 16th floor of the Washington Trust Bank Building in downtown Spokane. From my 16th story window I watch a nearly constant stream of trains passing through downtown Spokane each and every day. I cannot imagine adding an additional 34 coal trains per day. Especially uncovered coal trains. Why would we as Americans allow this type of unwanted traffic through our communities. Especially when ultimately these vast quantities of coal are destined for Asia to add to the horrific pollution that is already occurring especially in China. We do share the same atmosphere. We need to protect future generations and not fall to shortsighted money grubbing special interests.