Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002745
Received: 11/13/2013 11:06:00 PM
Commenter: Judy Lukasiewicz
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:Judy Lukasiewicz <email@example.com> Sent:Wednesday, November 13, 2013 10:46 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
Dear U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, WA Department of Ecology, and Cowlitz County Commission:
I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA, which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Pacific Northwest. My opposition stems from the fact that this is not at all what the citizens of Washington State, or of the USA, want or need. In addition, it is not what conscientious US investors want. We don't need or want to promote coal extraction or coal exportation to countries who are using them to run factories that are currently greatly increasing toxic pollution. The USA is already over-contributing to the ruin of the world's dwindling chances for a sustainable, clean energy future. It is time to stop this dangerous direction in the USA, not further it with toxic coal mining and resultant dangerous exportation.
With regard to the citizens of Washington State, coal is a dirty and dangerous combustible fuel that coal company executives and workers would put in open rail cars to travel through communities, and onto massive cargo ships. These transportation issues are a direct threat to communities, marine waters, fishing grounds and recreation areas.
Dirty and obsolete fuel such as coal, along with its transportation, would also damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, unnecessarily harm human health, increase tanker traffic, and greatly increase the potential for shipping accidents and spills. It will also harm other states through the expansion of destructive and hazardous strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, and greatly escalate climate change worldwide.
Coal mining and export threatens the health, public safety and economic vitality of Washington State's communities, and ultimately seriously threatens the viability of ever establishing a truly sustainable economy in our country.
I urge you to consider these real and serious long and short term impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement. Please do not ignore the real environmental issues or allow construction of an unwarranted export terminal in Washington State for the sake of current and future citizens.
Dirty energy profits that originate from the extraction of coal and other obsolete fossil fuels are clearly not more important than environmental safety and health. Our shared environment is what sustains us. What we do to the environment now is the predictor or of whether or not our children and their children will survive. Money profits are clearly not more important than life.