Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002040
Received: 11/14/2013 3:07:19 PM
Commenter: Chuenchom Greacen
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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As a mother of two children living on Lopez Island, WA, I am very concerned about the plight of our resident Orca whales and think the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest is a very bad idea.
This project will harm salmon that are an essential part of the diet of the Endangered Southern Resident Orcas Whale. These whales are ionic of my home, the San Juan Islands. Recent tagging of one of these orca whales (Willie) shows that he and his pod travel up and down the Oregon and Washington coastal waters to feed. They especially concentrate their time in the area around the mouth of the Columbia River. This is because the preferred food of orcas is Chinook Salmon which are just beginning to recover through changes in water releases by dams on the tributaries of the Columbia and along the mighty Columbia River itself. Barging of coal down the Columbia River to a new terminal at Longview, WA also threatens the food supply of Orca Whales. Please study the impacts of the Longview Terminal and its associated infrastructure up the Columbia and the increase in barge traffic on salmon populations.
Coal is a dirty and dangerous combustible fuel that coal companies would put in open rail cars to travel through our communities and on massive cargo ships through our marine waters, fishing grounds and recreation areas. This proposal would negatively affect my community by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders. It would also 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 export threatens the health, public safety and economic vitality of our communities.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.