Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002541
Received: 11/8/2013 9:15:00 PM
Commenter: Janet Alderton
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
From:Janet Alderton <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Friday, November 08, 2013 9:16 PM To:email@example.com Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
Nov 8, 2013
I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA, which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.
This proposal would negatively affect my community in the San Juan Islands at the heart of the Salish Sea. Local refineries near Anacortes and to the north of Bellingham Bay would supply propulsion fuel for the greatly increased shipping traffic along the Columbia River. The propulsion fuel would be shipped through our ecologically sensitive and navigationally hazardous marine waters where young salmon from Puget Sound Rivers to the south and B.C. rivers to the north gather to feed and grow before they migrate to the open ocean. Our economy is highly dependent on tourists that are attracted to the beauty and wildlife of our islands. The Southern Resident Killer Whale is an ion of our county. These whales have been recently discovered to travel south along the outer coast in the winter months. They spend most of their time feasting on Chinook salmon near the mouth of the Columbia River. A significant fuel spill or cumulative smaller spills from the increased ship traffic within our local waters and along the Columbia River could devastate Chinook salmon and killer whale populations. Chinook salmon are federally listed as threatened and Southern Resident Killer Whales are federally listed as endangered. Shipping traffic related to the Longview Coal Export Terminal would transit the Columbia bar also called the 'Graveyard of the Pacific'. The risk of collision, allision, or grounding of ships would be significantly increased. Ongoing operations at the terminal and along the river would damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River and harm human health. I personally suffer from asthma attacks that are triggered by diesel fuel exhaust -so I know the impact of this type of pollution. Much of the expanded strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana would be tax-payer subsidized through cheap mining leases on BLM public lands. Native American tribes and local ranchers would be negatively impacted. And global and local impacts of Climate Change would be accelerated.
I urge you to consider these many negative impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Ms. Janet Alderton PO Box 352 491 Harborview Lane Deer Harbor, WA 98243-0352