Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002779
Received: 11/15/2013 7:26:00 AM
Commenter: Larry Mitchell
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:Larry Mitchell <email@example.com> Sent:Friday, November 15, 2013 7:03 AM To:firstname.lastname@example.org Subject:Scope and impact
Deciders- Please keep the big picture in mind.
Who stands to gain (win) in this decision making process? Arch Coal, naturally, or else they wouldn't be proposing it and we could all go home. I know that there are perceived short term ancillary winners here and Arch Coal will be pointing that out all along the way. You've got your miners, railroads, government taxing entities, power grids in foreign lands, shipping companies, main street businesses, lobbying groups, EIS consultants, etc etc etc. but ULTIMATELY, Arch Coal is the big kahuna here and without their proposal it's all just blah blah blah. There's apparently enough money to be made in this deal that Arch is willing to spend vast sums to "get 'er done".
Let's look also at who or what is going to be asked to pay the price of this for-profit venture and whether or not that will also be Arch Coal. You know the deal. I have great faith in our government experts to be well educated on issues of air and water pollution, climate change, drought and weather impacts, energy policy, community traffic flows, eventual (publicly funded) superfund cleanup projects, etc etc etc.
All I ask is that you make certain as you can within your authority that Arch Coal is aware of and pays for ALL of the public and environmental costs of this project before you allow them to benefit from the obviously high profit center that they apparently believe will result from your approval of this project. Otherwise, again, why would they propose it? They are not doing this out of philanthropy or in the public service. They are doing it for their stockholders and folks within the company and elsewhere who stand to gain financially and only financially in the process. Make sure that all the costs, public and private, are also included in this project, that they are internalized to the project and the corporation, just as much as are the cost of docks, rails, mining equipment and so forth. Don't ask me and society in general to pay for their profitability.
Good luck and thank you for the opportunity to comment.
Larry Mitchell Helena Montana....a town divided by an already very busy main line railroad with only 2 overpasses, 1 hospital and 2 fire stations, all on the south side of the tracks in a droughty state with marvelous fishing resources highly susceptible to the negative impacts of global warming due to the burning of fossil fuels.