Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0001150
Received: 5/25/2016 11:34:32 AM
Commenter: Emmett Adam
Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
To whom it is concerned,
I am writing as a citizen of Washington State and a member of the general public to express my vehement opposition to the proposed Millenium Bulk Coal Terminals in Longview.
1. Coal transport will increased potentially harmful and disruptive train traffic and related pollution in many communities along the route from the Rockies to Longview. These communities will not benefit in any way from the proposed terminal.
2. Coal burned in Asia will affect us here in Washington and others around the world. In an era of airborne carbon and related disastrous climate change, we must make every attempt to keep coal from being burned and focus on sustainable energy alternatives.
3. We need to consider the communities in which exported coal will be burned. In the US we have made great progress in environmental regulations related to the burning of coal and it is immoral to sell it abroad knowing that it will not be used in an environmentally responsible way.
4. Increased vessel traffic and the potential for marine accidents will be very harmful to the Columbia River ecosystem. This will adversely affect the species that live in this special environment and adversely affect our human uses and the relate economy (fishing, eco-tourism, water use, etc.). This includes undermining the treaty rights of indigenous people in the area.
5. The number of jobs that would be created by the proposed terminal is not significant. The only entities that stand to benefit from a terminal are the corporations involved in mining and transporting coal. Job creation efforts should be focused on environmentally-responsible and sustainable industries.
6. Despite its polluting nature, coal is a valuable national energy resource. In exporting coal, we are allowing the selling of our natural resources so that a few corporations can make a buck. We need to keep coal in the ground and also maintain it as a national reserve.
Please deny the proposal for this coal export terminal. To do otherwise would be irresponsible, immoral, and unintelligent.
Thank you for your time,