Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002629
Received: 11/7/2013 1:41:00 AM
Commenter: Marcia Denison
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:Marcia Denison <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Thursday, November 07, 2013 1:22 AM To:email@example.com Subject:Protect the Columbia River from dirty coal export!
I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal in Longview, Washington, which would transport dirty coal on trains and ships through the Northwest and send coal to Asia.
Coal export would harm my community by increasing train traffic that blocks Oregon Way which is already backed up for a mile on Hwy. 30, interfering with interstate commerce and denying us our constitutional right to travel interstate highways like I-5, access blocked by coal trains.
Our air is so polluted now from Longview paper-mills and biomass plants, that people in Longview and Rainier are already dying of lung cancer and asthma related heart attacks from air pollution and they want to add black lung causing coal dust to the already filthy air. NO WAY!
People on the Oregon side of the river could no longer shop in Longview harming us who would have to drive farther, harming Longview businesses, and delaying emergency responders to get from Oregon to Peace Health Hospital, with Lewis and Clark Bridge jammed to a halt. People would die.
It would also damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, increase ship traffic in the already crowded shipping channel eventually causing ship accidents and spills, expand strip- mining in Wyoming and Montana polluting the waters, including the Blackfoot Indian Reservation and battlefield of the Little Bighorn where General Custers army was clobbered.
We are all responsible for eliminating climate change the best we can, cut off the supply of dirty coal that's killing people in China, and reverse climate change in the US that threatens our food supply from dust storms, dried up streams from drought killing livestock, crops and is burning up our forests at record rates. That means you, too, Corp of Engineers.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
In addition, the coal train traffic impacts in Longview are so great that Millennium cannot operate without massive, tax-payer-funded rail infrastructure changes currently planned as the SR 432 Project, nearly half a billion dollars of public funds. POOEY ON THAT! The SR 432 Project must be analyzed in the Millennium EIS. It's a huge rip-off, multinational corporate theft. If the coal industry won't pay for it, neither must tax payers.
There's nothing but harm in it for us. Current traffic obstruction on the interstate bridge could be fixed with a simple MERGE sign. The post is already there.
These exporters don't even pay export tax, yet want us all to pay up and suffer for them. Millennium can sail away and disappear forever, never to dirty our shores again.
Marcia Denison 1735 Hudson Longview, WA 98632 503-556-4012