Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002563 

Received: 11/15/2013 1:52:00 PM
Commenter: Laura Benson
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Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
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Submission Text
From:Laura Benson <laura@dogwoodinitiative.org> Sent:Friday, November 15, 2013 1:52 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, WA Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission,

On behalf of Dogwood Initiative, which represents over 100,000 supporters throughout British Columbia, I am writing to express opposition to the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA. Dogwood Initiative is currently one of scores of community organizations, municipal and regional councils, public health officials and community leaders working to prevent the construction of a similar export facility for U.S. thermal coal in Surrey and Texada Island, B.C.

Like our neighbours in Washington and Oregon, residents of B.C. are concerned about the negative effects on public health, air and water quality, ecosystems and habitat, agriculture, community safety and local business that would be associated with shipping coal by rail, barge and tanker through our communities and along our coast.

However, there is one impact that will affect all of us no matter what country we live in and no matter where a coal terminal is located-the effects of burning coal on climate change. It is essential that your assessment of the Millennium project proposed for Longview include the greenhouse gas emissions and climate change impacts associated with the end use of the coal that would be exported through the terminal.

The Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point will consider these end-use climate impacts, and so should the EIS for Longview. Indeed, any assessment of coal export expansion along the Pacific Coast should include nothing less.

Thank you for considering our comments as you determine the scope of your review.

Sincerely, Laura Benson

Director, Beyond Coal Campaign Dogwood Initiative 604-353-9527 525 Seymour St., Suite 315, Vancouver B.C., Canada beyondcoal.ca

Dogwood Initiative brings together everyday British Columbians to reclaim decision-making power over our air, land and water.