Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002069
Received: 11/15/2013 11:20:48 AM
Commenter: Lee Grose
Organization: Lewis County
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 am writing to express my strong and continuing support for the proposed Millennium Bulk terminal. As Washington State continues to be a national model for environmental protection, the need for strong, family wage jobs has never been greater. This project would assist in providing economic stability well into the future to the state of Washington and Lewis County.
This project has and will continue to undergo considerable scrutiny from the environmental community as well it should. However, said scrutiny should not be perceived as a measure to halt the project but only to ensure that it (the proposed terminal) comply with the strict environmental standards already in place. This should be done by adopting an individualized project review the Millennium Terminal in order to provide for economic growth and minimize the impact on future trade investment in our state.
In my role as Commissioner, I have discovered many baseless and inaccurate claims which have swayed public opinion and have been dismayed by the resulting impact on our state’s economy. From spotted owls to leaping frogs to now, unsubstantiated claims of coal dust damage, I continue to wonder how the state can long survive while continuing to place broad and crippling restrictions on those who want to do business here. In addition, the broad, unfocused and unachievable global review that has been proposed for similar projects would further stifle economic gain in our state.
All the while, we are willing to provide Boeing with $9 billion in tax incentives to insure the building of the 777x in Washington. This project, the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminal is environmentally responsible and economically feasible and has money on the ground without asking for a state handout. It is time we do our part to insure the future of Washington’s economic landscape as well as our environmental responsibilities.
This project has my full support and I protest any further delays unless they are substantially and scientifically proven. Biased and unsubstantiated opinions should not be considered.
F. Lee Grose
Lewis County Commissioner