Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002757
Received: 11/14/2013 4:41:00 PM
Commenter: Matt Maria
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:Matt Maria <email@example.com> Sent:Thursday, November 14, 2013 4:22 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 Northwest.
This proposal would negatively affect communities across Washington by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders. It would also damage aquatic ecosystems and fishing areas on the Columbia River, harm human health, increase tanker traffic and the potential for shipping accidents and spills, expand strip-mining in Wyoming and Montana, and escalate climate change.
I ask that the EIS consider the loss in productivity of riparian ecosystems from Montana to Bellingham and in particular the Pacific Northwest and its watersheds. An increase of coal trains into the Columbia River and/or Puget Sound drainage basin along with other proposed impacts will reduce the population of salmon. Salmon have been crucial to human survival for millennia and we are still understanding the role they play in ecosystems. Harfield and Naiman showed in 2001 that a "conveyer-belt of salmon" deliver much needed nutrients for plant growth, 25% of the limited Nitrogen in the riparian zone comes from Salmon. The value of these Salish Sea riparian systems can not be fully quantified but do support sustainable industries. The USDA has invested $40 million to research plantation production of the riparian Black Cottonwood for biofuel. State and federal agencies have invested, through conservation easements and other mechanisms, in riparian buffer vegetation to support salmon habitat. These riparian buffers also support biodiversity and beneficial insects that control agricultural pests, pollinate, and reduce disease outbreak in forests. Lastly, our great 300 ft Douglas Fir and the other prolific species of the Puget Sound basin can provide more than pulp, through higher management for large trees and heavy timber construction, poly-silviculture multi forest product systems, and agro-ecosystems. Please write or call with any questions.
I urge you to consider these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Thank you and good luck,
Matt Maria MS Student School of Environmental and Forest Sciences University of Washington 206.427.0665 (mobile)
Matt Maria 1132 34th Ave Seattle, WA 98122