Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002245 

Received: 11/18/2013 2:07:04 PM
Commenter: Susan Ward
State: Washington

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
I am seriously concerned about the proposed massive expansion of fuel transport through our state, through reservations, population centers, and environmentally sensitive lands. Wyoming and Montana are destroying their own lands, and the fossil fuels extracted and transported will pollute and return to degrade our air and water. This would be a giant step backwards. Whether the coal is burned in China or here, our air and water quality will be damaged. The proposed huge increase in freight train traffic through farmland and towns also would be detrimental to quality of life, and would impact getting across town and across these tracks anywhere, for ordinary travel and for emergency vehicles. Vessels on the coast will increase, and with that, the likelihood of pollution of our sensitive, already endangered waters. Removing this coal from the ground damages the aquifer in the dry land where it is mined, and the people there will need and demand water from other sources- possibly our own. All this for a dirty, 19th century energy source. I urge you to weigh these factors, which affect the people and environment of our state, and deny the permit. Thank you, Susan Ward