Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002626
Received: 11/14/2013 8:08:00 PM
Commenter: Myra Delay
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:Myra Delay <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Thursday, November 14, 2013 8:09 PM To:email@example.com Subject:Docket 2013-19738: Comment on Scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Coal Terminal
Nov 14, 2013
Millennium Bulk Terminals Lead Agencies
Dear Millennium Bulk Terminals Lead Agencies,
I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA that would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.
Individually, this project will have significant regional impacts, including harmful effects on public health from coal dust and diesel pollution and decreased water quality. It would also contribute enormously to global climate change, leading to catastrophic consequences such as the super typhoon that caused so much death and destruction in the Philippines.
Big Coal wants to transport as much as 100 million tons of coal per year through these coal export terminals, spewing coal dust and toxins. Burning this staggering amount of coal in the first place would cause more of the carbon pollution that drives global warming.
This terminal would also destroy crucial wildlife habitat and threaten wildlife populations that are already endangered. Waterways from the Columbia River to Puget Sound would be polluted, affecting salmon, orcas, and many other species that live in those waters. Today, there are fewer than 90 orcas left in the Puget Sound area. We cannot afford to lose any more, especially due to profit-hungry coal companies.
The coal companies are spending millions to try to hide the full impacts of their coal export plans, hoping to push these projects through and rake in huge profits. However, nothing can hide the fact that a dirty coal project is exactly that a dirty coal project.
There will be serious detrimental impacts both on the region, the nation, and the globe. This proposal would harm communities and damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River. It would also increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, and expand strip- mining in Wyoming and Montana.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Oakland, CA 94611-5217