Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003084
Received: 11/13/2013 1:04:00 PM
Commenter: Gene Moore
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 1:04 PM To:email@example.com Subject:Comment on Millennium's coal export project
Like the rest of the nation, Washington is suffering economically. I wish to voice my support for the proposed port at Millennium because I would like to see more projects like this be successful so that our economy can benefit.
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.
As you well know, an EIS is supposed to take a "hard look at environmental consequences" and reach a decision based on the facts presented. The scope of this document should be limited to the immediate impacted areas so we can keep moving forward. Hundreds of people with families are not only waiting but depending on having the security of a long-term, good-paying job.
Sincerely, Gene Moore firstname.lastname@example.org