Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003045
Received: 11/13/2013 5:57:00 PM
Commenter: Timothy Keiber
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:email@example.com Sent:Wednesday, November 13, 2013 5:58 PM To:firstname.lastname@example.org Subject:Millennium's coal export EIS
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.
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.
Our country is in a critically important place economically and I believe that what we accomplish over the next several years will either help or hinder our economic recovery. Without a doubt this proposal will help our recovery. Thank you for beginning the scoping process.
Sincerely, Timothy Keiber Timothy Keiber email@example.com