Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002342
Received: 11/18/2013 11:41:42 PM
Commenter: Norm Hale
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
There are large areas of land being strip mined in the Powder River Basin. Much of the land mined is under the management of BLM and is also in a short grass prairie region of the upper Missouri River Basin. Wildlife impacted by these mining operations include sage grouse and prairie dogs to name only a couple of species. Since there have been many efforts to protect and enhance the populations of these members of the prairie ecosystem, it would seem that habitat conservation, not destruction, is in order in the Powder River Basin. Mining requires transport to the proposed terminal in Longview, WA. and therefore rail crossings of numerous streams and rivers and long riverside exposure to coal and it's toxins from losses of coal dust and chunks that fall from the rail hopper cars.
Please study the effects of strip mining and transport of coal on the entire prairie ecosystem in the Powder River Basin with respect to impacts on wildlife in the important and vulnerable riparian and near riparian areas. This must also include the Columbia River Basin rail-water course crossings and proximity all along the coal transport routes into the Millennium Bulk Terminal.