Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002663 

Received: 11/8/2013 9:01:00 AM
Commenter: Ryan Gath

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
Submission Text
From:Ryan Gath <> Sent:Friday, November 08, 2013 9:02 AM Subject:Docket 2013-19738: Comment on Scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Coal Terminal

Nov 8, 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.

While I understand the business conditions that would motivate the exploration of new markets for one of our abundant natural resources, it should be considered, from a perspective of civic and ecological responsibility, that just because an element exists to be taken advantage of, this does not thereby justify its exploitation to the limits of industrial potential. Why? Capitalist accumulation is no excuse for environmental destruction, a destruction that by its very implimentation and pursuit demonstrates an inherent disregard for the condition of our natural surroundings by its perpetrators. We as a society are passed the point of ignorance regarding the use of this material's effects; when we already require the consumption of fossil fuels for the production of plastics and steel - and must absorb this "cost of society", and the subsequent damages - it is simply pure avarice to continue with our use of these fuels for energy when alternative means are readily available. Profit potential will not ameliorate the circumstances of the damaged world our children will inherit, if this ran-amock "execute privilege" is allowed to continue unchecked. The burning of coal is killing the world as we know it - to export it to countries who will consume it at record rates without restriction or consideration of its impact is the height of callousness, and, by extension, self-deception. Do not participate in the brutalization of your children's inheritance. You will regret it, but by then it will be (if it is not already) too late.


Ryan Gath

Buffalo, NY 14213