Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002145 

Received: 11/17/2013 1:40:02 AM
Commenter: Tom Tully
State: Montana

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
Submission Text
We strongly urge you to consider ALL of the impacts of building the proposed port in Longview, for a variety of reasons. Another massive coal strip mine in southeastern Montana is not in the interests of most Montanans or the northwest, let alone the rest of the nation. The impacts of such a large strip mine and the requisite construction of a railroad spur will change forever the face of what is now a quiet, ranching community. The proposed port in Longview is co-owned by Arch Coal -- the same company that co-owns the proposed Tongue River Railroad and wants to build a massive coal strip-mine at Otter Creek. It’s clear why Arch wants to build this port. If this port gets built, it would have serious impacts on many Montanans, both near the mine itself, and all along the railroad used to haul coal to the west coast. More coal trains running through Montana communities would worsen health by spreading diesel fumes and coal dust, block crucial intersections making it harder for emergency vehicles to get across tracks, and threaten economic development and property values along the rail line. The port would also increase the pressure to ruin a productive agricultural valley and its water with a coal strip mine at Otter Creek and condemn family farm and ranch land for the Tongue River Railroad. If corporations get the profits and Asia gets the energy, Montanans shouldn’t have to pay the price. Please oppose the construction of this port.