Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003026
Received: 11/13/2013 5:30:00 PM
Commenter: Seth Hiller
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:firstname.lastname@example.org Sent:Wednesday, November 13, 2013 5:30 PM To:email@example.com Subject:Longview Port Project
Millennium Bulk Terminals has proposed a coal export terminal at Longview that is both environmentally-sound and economically beneficial. I ask that you approve this project and the environmental study without delay.
Any analysis premised on the anticipated behavior of global coal markets should be beyond the scope of this EIS. The EIS scope should not include any impacts from the use of coal in Asia or elsewhere. Any attempt to analyze impacts from exported coal use would necessarily be based on the assumption that exporting coal from a new Longview terminal would result in an incrementally greater coal use overseas. Coal is an abundant commodity that moves freely in a global market. Asian economies consumed over 5 billion tons of coal in 2012 without any exports through Washington ports. Additional supplies to feed that market are coming on line from Australia, Indonesia, South America and Mongolia, and domestic supplies in China are becoming more readily available. Assuming that incrementally new GHG releases will result from some portion, or all, of future coal exports from a new terminal in Longview Washington that, at maximum capacity, would amount to less than 1% of Asian coal use, requires a degree of speculation that is not permissible under SEPA or NEPA.
In today's economic climate, the importance of adding a significant amount of family wage jobs should not be taken lightly. Millennium's proposal is showing a commitment to being environmentally responsible, making safety a priority, and helping fuel our economy which is what we need. Please take these things in consideration while deciding the scope of this project.
People like myself take pride in making products in America. My father, grandfather, great- grandfather and great-great-grandfather have all produced positive economic benefit for the United States of America and I ask that you don't break the chain. I'd like to continue producing for America and show my sons how we became the greatest nation on God's green Earth.
Thank you for your time.
Sincerely, Seth Hiller firstname.lastname@example.org