Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0002982 

Received: 11/13/2013 4:29:00 PM
Commenter: Bill Burt
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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:kotbooks@greencloaks.com Sent:Wednesday, November 13, 2013 4:29 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Comments on Cowlitz County EIS

I recommend you quickly study the Longview port, and that it be approved as soon as possible. The environmental study will clearly outline a plan that works for the benefit of jobs and conservation in Washington and that will deliver a commodity that is in demand by the worldwide electricity market.

Coal exports are a huge opportunity for the Northwest. The infrastructure coal companies are creating will expand trade of all kinds, from apples to software. This was the conclusion of a Farm Bureau Study published in June - that coal export infrastructure will make it cheaper and faster to export goods of all kinds. At a time of increased competition from both West and East Coast ports, Washington needs to seize these opportunities to expand trade and create thousands of family-wage jobs. Regulators should take these economic considerations into account when designing their scope of review.

I appreciate the opportunity to add my thoughts to the public comment period. The agencies should proceed to the next phase as quickly as possible.

Sincerely, Bill Burt Bill Burt kotbooks@greencloaks.com