Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002813
Received: 11/18/2013 3:53:00 PM
Commenter: Steve Paulson
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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From:Steve Paulson <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Monday, November 18, 2013 3:34 PM To:email@example.com 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:
The full impacts of the coal port proposed at Longview, Washington, need to be examined. This port is the driver for impacts that will occur here in Montana. The Longview port is co-owned by Arch Coal, which also owns a proposed coal mine and co-owns a proposed railroad which would ship the coal from that mine to main rail lines.
All these impacts are tightly entangled, and need to be assessed together. The impacts of the Longview port do not simply appear out of nowhere at the Washington state line.
This port is the main driver for a proposed new strip mine that will destroy the Otter Creek valley of Montana.
This port is also the main driver for the proposed Tongue River Railroad in Montana, which would transport coal from that mine to the main rail lines, destroying good ranchland in the process.
This port, along with other proposed coal ports, will generate a huge increase in coal train traffic across Montana and Idaho. In Montana, it will bisect numerous communities -- disrupting traffic, slowing emergency vehicles, and degrading property values in the vicinity. Communities will be financially burdened when they try to develop infrastructure to deal with this coal train traffic. This increased coal train traffic will also increase diesel and dust pollution in all these communities.
In addition, track capacity is not infinite. The diversion of more track capacity to coal means that track capacity will be reduced for other uses, including the export of Montana wheat and the import of container traffic from Northwest ports.
I urge you to consider these impacts to Montana in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Steve Paulson 1024 N. 25th Street Billings, MT 59101 (406) 256-6215