Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002729 

Received: 11/12/2013 11:52:00 AM
Commenter: Jonathan Kohn
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Agency: Cowlitz County, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview EIS
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Submission Text
From:Jonathan Kohn <jstj@mcn.net> Sent:Tuesday, November 12, 2013 11:51 AM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Thanks for the opportunity to submit comments.

A valid EIS requires consideration of long-term social and cultural impacts to populations affected by the proposal. A terminal shipping coal overseas from the West Coast will affect Montanans in many negative ways.

Exporting Montana's coal will cause air and water pollution, destruction of wildlife habitat, and traffic congestion and public safety concerns from increased train traffic. It will require the condemnation of private property to build the Tongue River Railroad, and most importantly, it will escalate climate change. We already have clean, affordable, and renewable alternatives that create thousands of jobs across Montana. We don't need this destructive project.

My family are also landowners and Crow Indian tribal members on the Crow Indian Reservation, where coal development is touted by the current political administration as an economic boon. All prior Tribal administrations were wise enough to keep their resource in the ground until it could be extracted and used without blighting the earth, the community we all share. The purpose of an EIS is to recognize that forbearance, that conservative stewardship of irreplaceable diversity, is the better part of valor. The Crow Tribe and its members have limitless other economic opportunities to pursue other than fossil fuel development that would turn the neighborhood into a "West West Virginia," a colony of corporate malfeasance. It is the height of hypocrisy for pro-business interests to cite the wellbeing of the Tribe as reason to profit from dirty King Coal.

The only reason to build the port is private income built on the abuse of public resources: our globally shared air, our regional limited water, and our social and cultural traditions that let the State of Montana describe itself as the Last Best Place. If the EIS did not recognize this abuse, it would not admit the environmental impact of the proposed project.

Thanks, Jon Kohn

Aurora and Jon Kohn 2902 Thousand Oaks St Billings, MT 59102 jstj@mcn.net