Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002651
Received: 11/6/2013 3:54:00 PM
Commenter: Lynn Fitz-Hugh
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:Lynn Fitz-Hugh <email@example.com> Sent:Wednesday, November 06, 2013 3:54 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 6, 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.
I want to thank the Dept of Ecology for deciding to include climate change in the scoping for Cherry point and express my disappointment to the Army Corp of engineers that you did not. Then i want to ask both of you to include it in the scoping for the Longview proposed terminal. I drove from Seattle to Tacoma to try to say the following to you in person but because so many people wanted to tell you how they felt I did not actually get to speak. (Notice the strong public sentiment way stronger than on any other issue you hold hearings on, and notice it is way balanced towards opposition to these coal ports. This is not irrelevant. If you build them there will be people committing civil disobedience more often than you care to pay for police and jail services.
When the original guidelines for environmental impact were set years ago we were dealing with types of pollution (air and water) that were site specific. We have now created technologies so powerful that they have global impact and the science tells us so. We have to stop pretending that all we are doing is transporting something and that a little spilling along the way is our only impact. If Fukishima has taught us anything it is that we are all connected as one globe.
There is no "somewhere else". If we sell this coal to China, the CO2 will heat the whole planet. period. We have to consider climate change because we are considering selling and burning more coal than will keep us below a 2 degree increase in temperature. We cannot take the coastal flooding of WA, or the droughts of our WA farm land, or the acidification of WA shell fish, etc. But neither can the whole globe.
We have this curious way of being "professional" in the US that means you are suppose to think only of your job and not your family when at work. Well I would like you to think about your children and grandchildren and mine while you are at work. I would like you to take into account the environmental impacts to the whole globe and what we already know from science are the impacts of global warming. I would like the scope of the study to append the relevant science on global warming to the report. Please have the courage to act for all life.
Ms. Lynn Fitz-Hugh 2210 NE 92nd St Apt 307 Seattle, WA 98115-3375