Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003222
Received: 11/18/2013 12:21:00 PM
Commenter: David Mullins
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:Monday, November 18, 2013 12:21 PM To:email@example.com Subject:Millennium's coal export EIS
Thank you for this opportunity to voice my support of Millennium Bulk Terminals - Longview project. This port will benefit the economy of the region, and that of the nation.
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.
Thank you for accepting comments for this important proposal. The Millennium project will do a great deal for the economic outlook of this country. Let's get Americans back to work!
Sincerely, David W. Mullins David Mullins firstname.lastname@example.org