Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0000108
Received: 5/5/2016 9:53:33 PM
Commenter: J Childers
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the draft EIS for this extremely important project. I have been waiting for this opportunity for a very long time, and having now reviewed the draft EIS, I can see why it has taken so long. You have taken an unnecessarily broad scope and studied each aspect of it to death.
The economy depends on trade. It creates jobs working the railroads and ships, loading cargo at the ports, growing crops for export, and building the infrastructure necessary to support a trade-based economy. However, trade depends on permitting approval to construct this infrastructure. If the federal, state, or local government apply different permitting standards to projects exporting coal, they are creating a dangerous precedent that will make it hard to build new infrastructure needed to export other goods, like wheat or manufactured products. The environmental groups have a long history of challenging trade based projects in the northwest, such as Columbia river dredging, new rail facilities and/or export terminals. Governments shouldn’t threaten trade or the jobs that depend on it.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the process and for considering my input as you begin reviewing this project.