Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002753
Received: 11/13/2013 2:04:00 PM
Commenter: Don Mahoney
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:DonaldMahoney@NSCorp.com Sent:Wednesday, November 13, 2013 2:05 PM To:firstname.lastname@example.org Subject:Scoping for Millennium's coal export
Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the comments for the Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview scoping. I support this project and hope to see it up and running as soon as possible.
The EIS should consider the fact that as Columbia River vessel traffic has declined 30%, from a peak of 2021 ships in the year 2000 to 1404 ships in 2011, increased vessel traffic as the increased volume will be replacing lost vessel traffic not increasing total volumes. The EIS should recognize the beneficial impact of increased vessel traffic in such areas as reducing pilotage costs and increasing the port service infrastructure (e.g. additional tugs to serve the lower Columbia River).
Thank you for reviewing my comments. This project is deserving of an impartial scope and should not experience further delays.
Sincerely, Don Mahoney Don Mahoney DonaldMahoney@NSCorp.com