Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002615
Received: 11/9/2013 1:58:00 PM
Commenter: Judith Culver
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:Judith Culver <email@example.com> Sent:Saturday, November 09, 2013 1:58 PM To:firstname.lastname@example.org Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
Nov 9, 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.
Please study the effect of the transportation of coal from Montana to the Pacific Ocean. There are so many very real problems they are difficult to enumerate. Railroads were designed to go through the middle of all the major cites (particularly Spokane) and all the small towns. The impact of increasing the rail traffic is enormous in these communities. Their quality of life will be severely impacted by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders due to traffic delays at train crossings.
I consider the environmental impacts to be too great. Especially the strip mining in Montana and Wyoming. Added tanker traffic on the Columbia River and across the bar at Astoria increase the potential for shipping accidents and spills.
The coal market in Asia is declining and sometime in the possibly near future it will no longer be profitable. These companies will have made a big environmental mess in Longview and will get away without cleaning it up. This has happened in Portland and San Diego.
This project is just a bad idea with minimal benefits for Northwest citizens.
Ms. Judith Culver 3390 Hidden Pond Dr Ferndale, WA 98248-8212