Submission Number: MBTL-EIS-0003465 

Received: 11/18/2013 7:26:00 PM
Commenter: Samantha Wright
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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
Attachments: No Attachments
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From:Friends of the Columbia Gorge <Advocacy@GorgeFriends.org> on behalf of Samantha Wright <sampanther02@yahoo.com> Sent:Monday, November 18, 2013 7:25 PM To:Butorac, Diane (ECY) Subject:Docket number 2013-19738: Comment on scope of EIS for Millennium Bulk Terminals Longview LLC Coal Export Terminal

Nov 18, 2013

Diane Butorac WA

Dear Butorac,

Please accept these scoping comments for the environmental impact statement for the Millennium Bulk Terminal (MBTL) proposal for Longview, WA.

I am very concerned about the impacts that new proposals for coal export projects will have on the small towns that line the Columbia River and the region in general. Along with the environmental damage to our natural resources and scenic beauty I am concerned about the economic consequences. We hear a lot about the jobs that will be created but how about those that will be lost. Many jobs are sure to be lost due to the damage that will be done to the tourism industry and the hardships that it will cause our small towns. We are looking at up to 18 more trains a day. That will have a dramatic effect on the quality of life for those who live here and for those that visit. The increased noise, health issues and traffic problem are just a few. Who is going to pay for the needed infrastructure for these projects? The trains go right through the centers of many of our towns. Surly increased train traffic will cause all types of safety and traffic issues that our already struggling towns will need to find solutions to with already limited budgets. I feel that I am a fool for not putting my house up for sale this moment before these projects get started. I enjoy shopping locally and I am sure that several of the small stores here will feel it when residents such as me leave the area. Not to mention the loss of property tax. As people in my neighborhood find out about these projects and their effects I am sure that they too will consider moving away, abandoning our struggling communities. Not all people will be able to easily choose to leave the area as I can and they will feel the impacts the most.

I will now refrain from listing all of the possible impacts of this project. I am sure that others have done so more eloquently than I would but I plead with you to please consider all of the environmental and social consequences that these projects as a whole will have on our region. I have been told by people who feel that the projects are a done deal that I am wasting my time with words of protest and my concerns will fall on deaf ears. I hope they are wrong.

Sincerely,

Ms. Samantha Wright 1121 Riverside Dr Washougal, WA 98671-7659