Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002143
Received: 11/17/2013 1:19:48 AM
Commenter: Neal Stender
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
Long-term purity of water cycling through the Northwest’s rain, snow, rivers, water-life, aquifers, water-table, land, agriculture, vegetation, livestock and wildlife is not solely a local or regional issue.
These will be the most valuable and high-demand resources in the world in coming decades, at the same time as the Northwest’s population is increased by people relocating from more water-stressed and heat-oppressed regions.
Transporting massive quantities of coal through the Northwest, for combustion overseas, not only would degrade those resources but also would accelerate the migration-driven increase in the population that depends directly on them, by accelerating global climate change, water-stress, temperature increases and extreme weather events.
Water-based quality of life in the Northwest is a key factor in industries that are increasingly more profitable than transport of coal containers. A drier, dirtier, uglier and less-healthy Northwest will not host as much expansion of high-technology industries using highly-educated and high value-adding personnel.