Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0000703
Received: 5/23/2016 12:49:30 PM
Commenter: Ronnie Bekemeier
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Millennium Bulk Terminals has proposed a coal export terminal at Longview that is both environmentally-sound and economically beneficial. I ask that you approve this project and the environmental study without delay.
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.
Please do not delay the permitting process any further. It is important to get people back to work. There are good jobs on the line and waiting on your review.