Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0000621
Received: 5/19/2016 7:35:44 PM
Commenter: Barry Daughenbaugh
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
I appreciate the opportunity to add my voice to that of others in supporting the environmental study for the proposed port at Longview. The DEIS will present a clear picture of how Millennium Bulk Terminals will proceed in opening and operating this port and the economic, environmental, and social benefits of this project are deserving of approval.
Remember the fact that as Columbia River vessel traffic has declined 30%, from a peak of 2021 ships in the year 2000 to 1404 ships in 2011, increased vessel traffic as the increased volume will be replacing lost vessel traffic not increasing total volumes. Millennium will be a positive impact of increased vessel traffic in such areas as reducing pilotage costs and increasing the port service infrastructure (e.g. additional tugs to serve the lower Columbia River).
Thanks for considering my comments.