Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002633
Received: 11/18/2013 5:04:00 PM
Commenter: Judith DiNardo
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 DiNardo <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Monday, November 18, 2013 5:04 PM To:email@example.com Subject:RE: Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
Nov 18, 2013
All Agencies For the Millennium Bulk Terminals EIS
Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers For the Millennium Bulk Terminals EIS,
If we want to stop climate change, we need to start saying "no" to some of the worst sources of extreme energy. Like one carbon bomb -- North American coal exports. I think the Army Corps of Engineers must just say no to climate-killing coal exports.
The Millennium Bulk Terminal is the first proposed coal export terminal in the Pacific Northwest. If permitted, it would allow over 145 million tons of coal to be disastrously strip mined in America, then shipped to China. The result would be more carbon pollution than the planet can bear. Burning 145 tons of coal would produce the same amount of global warming pollution as doubling all the car traffic from over 12 states.
Local resistance has been strong. Thousands of people have already turned out to hearings and sent public comments opposing the plan. But I also believe in shutting down the coal export plan. I stand with these front line communities. The Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers need to oppose the climate-killing coal exports. 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 degrade our environment with more coal train traffic, polluting our air and local waterways. It would also damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, harm human health, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip- mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.