Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0000822
Received: 5/24/2016 11:30:31 AM
Commenter: Chan Bailey
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
I am in favor of coal exports and the economic boost provided by more work in the northwest. Our government is working too hard to stop the use of an economical source of energy and inflate the cost of energy to the consumer.
I believe that while improvements can always be made our rail system is safe enough to handle coal. From personal experience I know that emergency services have been preparing and training for railroad disasters in this area for decades. We have the ability to deal with an emergency with a coal train, if one happens.
I have traveled through the Montana and seen the coal trains and loading facilities. They were all clean and neat - disproving the deadly coal dust claim. The coal is sprayed with a covering material that keeps coal dust from blowing. Watch a coal train and see it for yourself.
The pros of allowing this terminal significantly outweigh the cons. The process should continue in favor of allowing this economic development.