Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002843
Received: 11/7/2013 3:55:00 AM
Commenter: Nicholai Rosoff
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:Nicholai Rosoff <email@example.com> Sent:Thursday, November 07, 2013 3:55 AM To:firstname.lastname@example.org Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal
Nov 7, 2013
I strongly oppose the construction of a coal export terminal at Longview, WA, which would transport coal on trains and ships throughout the Northwest.
We must examine the ethical imperative that we face in deciding which sources of energy we choose to harness for developmental power. We risk life on this planet in future generations by not taking every possible step towards the mitigation of greenhouse gas emission. Some believe that importing countries will seek coal from other sources but if that is the case they will do so at higher premiums, allowing their relative value of renewable energy to increase. Halting coal export through the Pacific northwest will also boost residents' confidence that they are leaders in a clean energy future. Not the mention the message it will send the rest of the United States and the world.
Please consider the importance of this ethical concern: life versus death.
In the immediate future this proposal would negatively affect my community by increasing congestion and noise with more coal train traffic, polluting our air and local waterways, harming existing businesses, and delaying emergency responders due to traffic delays at train crossings. 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 urge you to consider these many negative impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Mr. Nicholai Rosoff 1553 SE Maple Ave Portland, OR 97214-4740