Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002063
Received: 11/14/2013 11:47:14 PM
Commenter: Sister Susan Francois
Organization: Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace
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
As a person of faith, I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA and transporting coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest. This proposal would negatively impact my community by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our air and waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders. It would also damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing grounds at the terminal site, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip-mining in Montana and Wyoming, and escalate climate change. I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Our faith requires that we be good stewards of God’s creation. Shipping coal through Washington communities to be burned in China goes against religious values of stewardship, sustainability, and justice.