Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002870 

Received: 11/16/2013 1:35:00 PM
Commenter: Gary Smith
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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
Submission Text
From:xpromo@comcast.net Sent:Saturday, November 16, 2013 1:35 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Comments on Cowlitz County EIS

Please move forward with the governments environmental study. I say let's get moving with the Longview port ASAP.

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).

Now's the time to utilize trade infrastructure. The Millennium Bulk Terminals project is one step closer to being able to participate in this vital business. Thanks to the agencies for considering my comments.

Sincerely, Gary Smith xpromo@comcast.net