Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0000970
Received: 5/24/2016 5:41:18 PM
Commenter: Stella Ardire
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
As someone who treasures the natural beauty of the American west, I ask that the environmental study for the Longview port proposal be accepted as thorough and sufficient. The planning behind this project is thorough and careful and will do much for utilizing our natural resources without compromising the environment.
This draft EIS is exhaustive; there is nothing further to study. Coal is an abundant commodity that moves freely in a global market. Asian economies consumed over 5 billion tons of coal in 2012 without any exports through Washington ports. Additional supplies to feed that market are coming on line from Australia, Indonesia, South America and Mongolia, and domestic supplies in China are becoming more readily available. Assuming that incrementally new GHG releases will result from some portion, or all, of future coal exports from a new terminal in Longview Washington that, at maximum capacity, would amount to less than 1% of Asian coal use, requires a degree of speculation that is not permissible under SEPA or NEPA.
Thanks again to the agencies for allowing public comment on this important proposal. It should continue to go forward with much enthusiasm.