Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003018 

Received: 11/13/2013 10:56:00 PM
Commenter: Doug Gibson
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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
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From:dgm@wvi.com Sent:Wednesday, November 13, 2013 10:56 PM To:comments@millenniumbulkeiswa.gov Subject:Comments for Env. Impact Statement on coal export

Please consider my comments on the scope of the proposed Cowlitz County coal export terminal. This is an excellent project and one that will bring broad-ranging economic benefits to Washington and to the national economic outlook for years to come.

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).

The co-lead agencies are presenting an excellent scoping process. I urge them to proceed promptly with a Draft Environmental Impact Statement that allows Millennium Bulk Terminals to become one step closer to building, hiring, and exporting. Under this scenario good paying jobs will come to a community in need. Not only will the local but the regional economy will reap the benefits. Please do the right thing and make this project a reality.

Sincerely, Doug Gibson dgm@wvi.com