Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002909
Received: 11/18/2013 3:30:00 PM
Commenter: Charlotte Trolinger
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:Charlotte Trolinger <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent:Monday, November 18, 2013 3:10 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,
I'm a Montana resident strongly opposed to excavating coal from the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana and from other points north. For years Powder River coal was considered too soft for many uses because on burning it releases more contaminants and less heat. The US has already mined the more accessible high quality anthracite coal in the east and we are also beginning finally to restrict coal burning, recognizing it as a major contributor to greenhouse gasses and other toxins. Powder River coal is what's left to sell to other countries wanting to burn coal in their booming economies, sales US coal companies are eager to make, no matter the cost to the planet.
I'm strongly opposed to transporting that coal by trains to Longview WA to be exported to China or other parts of Asia.
I'm strongly opposed to constructing a coal export terminal at Longview,WA.
This proposed action would have a heavy negative effect on my region and community. More coal train traffic would cause more noise and traffic congestion, already notable at crossings, in towns throughout the region, with increased harm to existing businesses and more delays for emergency responders. Coal dust, also already notable, would increasingly harm human health all along the rail routes and damage ecosystems, especially aquatic ecosystems, with the Columbia River being especially threatened considering the rail routes along it.
The increased tanker traffic to and from the proposed terminal, the increased potential for shipping accidents and spills, the expansion of strip-mining in the Powder River Basin and elsewhere in Montana and Wyoming are all predictable and extremely negative consequences. The increase in fossil fuel excavation, at the sites and all along the transport routes, converts once habitable and desirable communities into industrial processing zones. But the worst consequence would be the escalation in global warming and greenhouse gas releases. Every step of the process, from the initial excavation to the final actual burning of the coal, no matter what the country, whether in the US with somewhat improved environmental air protections or in Asia with fewer such protections, will add to the climate burden thanks to all the fossil fuel used all along (coal trucks are not using biofuels!) and intensify the climate chaos already underway.
This proposal is not about US energy independence and would be unnecessary even if it were. This proposed action would enrich the energy companies involved, increase emissions here in the US and then really ramp up the climate burden with the coal's ultimate burning.
PLEASE consider all these impacts in the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
Charlotte Trolinger 92 Browns Gulch, Boulder, MT 59632, USA Boulder, MT 59632 406-225-3580