Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002650
Received: 11/14/2013 9:38:00 PM
Commenter: James Field
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:James Field <email@example.com> Sent:Thursday, November 14, 2013 9:38 PM To:firstname.lastname@example.org Subject:Please Stop the Millennium Longview Coal Export Terminal
Nov 14, 2013
U.S. Corps of Engineers
Dear of Engineers,
The Northwest's endangered orca whales and the salmon they need for survival are at risk.
Orcas rely on a diet almost exclusively of salmon that swim into the Puget Sound from fresh waters like the Columbia River. Sadly, the once thriving Pacific salmon that return every year to the rivers and streams of the Northwest have been decimated due to habitat loss and are now critically endangered.
If approved, the proposed coal export terminal on the shoreline of the Columbia River would take a terrible toll on the ecosystem that salmon and orcas depend on. Coal dust would billow into the river from towering piles of coal and enormous cargo ships would converge on the fragile marine habitats that salmon and orcas depend on for survival.
Even after the coal is burned overseas, the toxic mercury pollution from burning is known to travel long distances and can end up back to our shores--polluting our waters, fish and wildlife.
I oppose the construction of a coal export terminal in Longview, Washington, which would transport coal on trains and ships through the Pacific Northwest.
The proposed terminal would have significant negative impacts throughout the Columbia River basin from coal dust, diesel pollution, and vessel traffic, degrading area freshwater and marine habitat, and imperiling the health of the area ecology. The directly resulting increase in coal pollution would significantly worsen climate change, ocean acidification, mercury pollution, and threaten the survival of our critically endangered salmon runs and our resident orca population.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
In addition, I request that you stop all proposed coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest. Thank you.
James Field 508 Candado Pl El Paso, TX 79912-2701